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How to Keep Cloud Computing Secure

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Working off an external network in the cloud brings the benefits of offsite storage backup, but also comes with some dangers: Viruses, spam, malware and identity theft are among the threats you may face.

Along with the dangers of sharing your data externally with outside parties comes some security benefits as well, according to Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps. Although companies now allow cloud vendors access to their data, "just sharing a document and not an entire infrastructure is a tremendous benefit," he says.

"You don't have to figure out multiple security zones, only one front-facing connection," adds Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource, a company that provides data management and data-transfer backup for software-as-a-service and Web companies.

Here we provide some tips from experts on how to keep your