Tips to Secure your Computer Data
In today’s world, our computers and all the sensitive data stored on them are at risk of more than just fire and flood. Both software and hardware are vulnerable to failure, thieves have beady eyes on both our online information and the expensive equipment we’re using to input it and natural disasters such as tornadoes and flooding can often make a mockery of even our best intentions to keep our computer data secure. Here are some simple tips to secure your computer data from any disaster that may befall it:
Secure your computer data with strong passwords and regular updates
A secure computer is one that has all its patches and updates for the operating system and software installed, uses trusted security software to keep an eye for malware and viruses and has a strong firewall set up to help. Both your computer and its network, as well as the websites you choose to visit and any potentially vulnerable documents stored on your hard disk, should be protected by strong passwords. A strong password will be at least eight characters in length and won’t contain full words or easy-to-guess information such as your name or date of birth. It’s usually best to disable your browser’s “save password” option and to change your passwords regularly.
Be wary of email and websites to keep your computer data secure
Questionable emails are usually easy to spot – they use broken language, are from a source you don’t recognize and have suspiciously named attachments or make offers you’re pretty sure can’t be real. They’re usually easy to spot, but not always, so it can help to add a little technical know-how to your own common sense: use your junk email filter to get rid of potentially harmful viruses and messages offering millions of dollars if you’ll just agree to be a beneficiary. If an email that looks suspicious still gets through, avoid opening any attachments in it. Similarly, limit your internet browsing to trusted and known sites and pay attention if your browser has a funny feeling about a particular page.
Secure your computer data by backing up your files
No matter how many security measures you take, you will always be at some risk of being infected by a computer virus or attacked by malevolent hackers. You might lose your laptop or suffer the dreaded hard disk failure on your computer – you might even be hit by fire or flood. Keep your sensitive and irreplaceable documents safe by storing back-up copies away from your originals. You can use CDs, USB sticks or external hard drives to do this, but for a more cost-effective and reliable method that will automatically back up your data for you, the best choice will always be an online storage service. Some of the best services on offer are listed here: