Amazon Web Services (AWS) Now Offers Free Cloud Access

Amazon Web Services AWSThe Amazon Web Services (AWS) are a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.com. They provide online services for other web sites or client-side applications.

To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is now introducing a new free usage tier. New AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazon EC2 Micro Instance for a year. Starting on November 1, new AWS users will be able to take advantage of the following services for a year for free.

In addition to these services, the AWS Management Console is available at no charge to help you build and manage your application on AWS.

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I’m In The Cloud; Now What!?

Ah, Cloud Computing. Is there anything more serene and beautiful than the realm of shared Internet space? Can any other ease-of-access concept go so far in allowing you to retrieve important files and functionality from wherever you are? Can any tech support group do such a good job at retaining a stable environment? Still, for all its wonders, cloud computing must be treated with care.

Passwords become your electronic locks

Cloud ComputingLocking your virtual content using passwords is an important step in making sure that your cloud world doesn’t become stormy. Remember, if someone gets access to your cloud space without your permission, that means this person has access to any content you put there and can delete your files, alter your settings, or lock you out. When you’re creating a password, remember the following simple tips:

1) Use multiple types of characters (capitalized or not, spaces, symbols, and numbers).
2) Use different passwords for different accounts.
3) Make sure the phrase is not predictable, even by those who are close to you.
4) Don’t ever, ever, ever share your password with anyone you wouldn’t trust with your life.

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Sharing is caring, but be careful about it

One of the great benefits of the world of cloud is that you can share your documents with anyone. This can mean simply allowing people to view your project, inviting collaborators, or adding administrators. Be cautious about who you let in because people who aren’t careful or are feeling malicious can use their access to severely damage your operations. One of the most obvious risks is having terminated employees go postal on your shared space. Make sure that you restrict them from your email hosting, shared documents, and other sensitive areas prior to dropping the ax.


Beware of what is shared

In the movie Inception, the protagonists make a living stealing business ideas and sensitive business information from the brains of their subjects. They do this through elaborate intrusion into an individual’s dreams. Those ideas are so valuable that they are highly paid for these complex and advanced operations. If you have truly vital business information that must be kept from your competitors, try to keep it in your dreams instead of on the web. If you must store it on the web, then secure it by using more than just a password. Use Cloud Encryption and highly restrictive permissions to keep this information safe.

Now that you’re an inhabitant of the cloud world, you’re likely to find that your life is easier, information is more accessible, and difficult tasks are simpler. However, increased accessibility for you could also mean more accessibility for people you don’t want seeing your information. Because of that, take the needed steps to secure your online space. It’s even more vital than locking your office doors at night.

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