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Data loss is a fear that we all have, but don’t really know why. We realize that the Internet is not a safe place. However, do you know exactly what kind of dangers are out there? The term data loss can be anything from leaking your private videos you have saved in Minitool to identity theft. So let’s talk about what it is and in which ways you can prevent your data from being stolen.
What exactly is data loss?
Data loss occurs when information systems are deleted, corrupted, or unrecoverable. It is most commonly the outcome of neglect in transmission, storage, or processing the data. Data loss is a different term from a data breach, which refers to your data being stolen, even though they are connected to each other. Data loss can happen for multiple reasons in various ways; that is the point. And your personal data being stolen might be the outcome of that loss.
Back it up
Prevention is always the best option rather than crisis control. Create a backup strategy and consistently back up all your files. Your backup plan should include the schedule for the backups as well as different levels of them. Some data is so critical, like personal files, that it may require you back it up every few days. Also, be sure you test your backups from time to time to be sure that your data is being backed up properly.
Sensitive data encryption
There is a hierarchy of data that you need to implement. Once you know what kind of data you are storing, it is time to encrypt the most sensitive part of it. You should know that data is not always encrypted even if it’s backed up. To keep your most sensitive files safe, invest in a backup service or system that will automatically encrypt all backups that you have. This move will ensure that no matter who gets their hands on your data, they won’t be able to access it.
If you do not have antivirus software installed, you really shouldn’t use the Internet on your computer, and data is too valuable to be left alone. It turns out that your email account can be the reason you get your data lost. Email threats such as hacking or phishing can be some of the biggest threats to data. Hackers can install malware to access your information, which can cause some real damage. To protect yourself, use an antivirus and security system to prevent malicious software from getting through to your computer. Also, make sure it is up to date every single time you use it.
Power surges, your enemy
Electricity gives life to your devices, but it can also take it. Data can also be lost when your computer breaks down. If your data is important, a un-interrupt power supply protects your devices and data during a power failure. The spare battery in the UPS gives you ample time to save your documents and shut down Windows properly so that you will not lose any files or damage any hardware components. Invest in power strips and make sure you are in good terms with electricity before it decides to attack your devices for no reason. And when you travel, do take a mini version of that safe power strip with you. You should be protected at all times.
It is a rule taken from investment management, diversification always reduces the risk, and in this instance, we are talking about backup diversification. You always want more than one backup system. The general rule here is 3-2-1. You should have three backups of anything that’s very important. They should be backed up by at least two different formats, so for example, in the cloud, and on a hard drive. There should always be an off-site backup in place just in case there is damage to your house or office.
Now that you know what data loss is and how to protect your devices from it, it is time to act. Follow all the tips mentioned above, and make sure your computers, phones, and tablets are safe to use. Avoid unsecured links and pages, and if something happens, do not panic. Run an antivirus scan and contact a professional that will diagnose the problems that occurred. However, if you do use all five ways to prevent yourself from data loss, then those situations should happen rarely or not at all. Prevention is always easier and cheaper, so trust it. Better safe than sorry, right?