Every day, we are creating more data than we realize, especially in the design, architecture and CAD fields. Photos, CAD files, drawings, documents for our work or a personal blog, comments on social media, and countless emails and messages that may be from work or family and friends are all being created as we speak.
We often will take all this data for granted until we lose it. If a device malfunctions or is lost, or if a hard drive breaks, we might lose treasured family photographs or important documents for work or a big CAD project.
There are a number of things we can do to protect our devices and data so that we don’t get caught out and lose precious files and photographs that can cost us time, money and precious memories. Here is a simple guide to some of the steps we can take to protect our data.
Create a Physical Back Up and Use a Cloud Service
If you have important data, it is important to create a copy right away. Having a physical copy of a file on a disk or a hard drive can be life-saving if data is lost with a device. Using a cloud back-up service is an increasingly popular way for consumers to back up their data. Cloud synchronization means that your files will be copied to a secured hard drive as you create it, with the backed-up files accessible from any internet enabled device
Use Software to Monitor Your Devices and Your Network
Hackers and hacking software like viruses and keyloggers will often sit dormant on your computer or network, waiting for an opportunity to steal or copy sensitive information. If you have noticed your computer or network behaving strangely, or functioning slowly, then you may have been attacked with hacking software and not know it.
Fortunately, there is a lot of excellent free forensic software that can help any computer user analyze their computer and network to see if there are nefarious programs operating across your devices waiting for an opportunity to strike and wreak havoc.
What to Do if You Lose Data
If you lose your data to a corrupted or broken hard drive, you may still be able to recover it using specialist software, or by calling in the experts. When a hard drive malfunctions, it is often just a small component within the drive preventing it from working properly or being read by your device, but the data is still there waiting to be accessed.
Our data is becoming more and more valuable to us every day. You may not think about it, but your data has become one of your most important possessions. It contains a lot of sensitive and personal information that is not just valuable to ourselves, but also to hackers across the world. Just a small amount of personal information in the wrong hands can lead to tremendous financial losses or online harassment. Hopefully, this guide has given you some of the information you need to protect your data.