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February 6, 2020
I am not an expert on cloud security. I do know that the major companies (Google, Microsoft, Apple) pride themselves on keeping our data secure. Can hacks happen? Yes. But, it is extremely rare with the big, trustworthy companies, and they fix problems quickly. Hacks usually happen to people who are highly targeted – politicians or celebrities.
The most important thing you can do is check the box for 2 step verification, aka 2 factor authorization or 2FA. What this means is that, in addition to your username and password, a 2d piece of information is required to log in to your account – usually a code that is sent to your phone. For your Google account, you turn on this feature on the account security page. Check out this episode of our YouTube show for more. #128 Keeping your Google Account Safe
“Zero knowledge” is referring to the most secure method of storing data in the cloud. For example, I use LastPass for keeping my passwords and other info I want to keep secret. I just need to know the one master password in order to access all the info in my LastPass account. That master password is only stored on my local device – not in the cloud – so the LastPass servers have “zero knowledge” of my master password. If I forget it, I’m out of luck. I cannot ask LastPass for help to get into my account. Secure? Very! Even from me.
Google Photos – your Google account – does not use Zero Knowledge as far as I know. Google does have a higher level of security for those who want it, it’s called Advanced Protection Program.
Hope that helps.