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July 8, 2015

How Microsoft protects customer data in the cloud

You know that OneDrive securely stores your data in the cloud. But do you know how Microsoft ensures the security of your important files and cherished moments? Read on.

Amidst a rise of hacking incidents, cybercrimes and concerns about government surveillance of your personal data and the Internet, do you feel insecure?

First, let’s look “inside the cloud” to learn about Microsoft’s efforts to secure your data and privacy.


Now, here are some tips to further help ensure that your personal stuff remains, well, personal!


1. Create a Stronger Password

Make the length of your Microsoft account password at least eight characters long. Even better, use 15 characters with a combination of special characters and symbols. Don’t use your real name, date of birth or other commonly available information as part of a password.

2. Report hacking incidents

If you’ve been hacked, inform your email-service provider of a breach in your email account or password. For those of you using a Microsoft’s account, if you’re having trouble signing in—whether it’s because someone else may be using your account or if you may have forgotten your password—go here to fix the problem.

3. Avoid using public WiFi

However tempting a free Internet connection may be, unencrypted public networks  are easy game for hackers.

4. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) network

For office work and the reviewing of confidential documents, use your company’s VPN. For the skinny on using a VPN on your Lumia, head over here and here. Additionally, you can also use consumer VPN on your Windows Phone running Lumia Denim Update. Check our previous story for more details here.

5. Update software regularly 

When your Lumia or other Windows Phone notifies you of important software or app updates, be sure to install them.  We recommend doing this to ensure you always have the most recent version of security on your phone.

6. Monitor automatic upload of media

Make sure that your default settings for cloud services such as Dropbox or OneDrive are not set as automatic. This prevents your videos or photos from getting automatically uploaded and ensures that your personal moments remain private.

To learn more about how Microsoft protects your data (whether created and managed on your Lumia or PC) and privacy in the cloud, head over here and here.