Computers and mobile devices have become part and parcel of our daily lives. These devices help us in most of the things we do from the time we get out of bed to when we retire to sleep. They are involved in our communication, business, exercise, social interactions and much more.
All that we use these devices for is stored as data that we can retrieve at any time- think photos, emails, work-out notifications, e-books, assignments, and so on. It, thus, becomes disastrous if, by chance, this data is lost. Anyone who has lost photos on a mobile phone- and those are not the most important items, by the way- know the pinch that comes with it.
Innovators are always seeing these problems and looking for solutions to curb them. In the modern-day, you do not have to lose your data in a blink anymore. There are a host of ways to keep your data safe.
Synchronize your Devices
The sync feature on your devices is pure gold. It allows you to access the data you store on one device from other devices. Even before looking at how this can prevent your data from getting lost, it is worth noting that the feature goes a long way in increasing efficiency. You do not, for instance, have to wait until you get home to access files on your computer; you can just view them on your phone. Another bonus is that it can also save you the stress of logging in to every single site when you use a different device.
In case you lose your phone or your computer crashes, you are able to access the data from a separate device. Syncing is made possible by the use of remote storage, which introduces another exciting way to prevent data loss.
Use Cloud Storage
Instead of using the hard drive on your device to store information, use a cloud storage service to store files- images, audio and even video. Google has especially been instrumental in enabling this storage. Saving your files on Microsoft one Drive, Google Drive, Google Account or Dropbox, among a host of other cloud storage services ensures you do not lose it even if one device malfunctions.
Use Strong Encryption
Device damage is not the only way to lose your data. Some people intentionally set out to destroy your data for their own selfish purposes. Keeping such people at bay is an act of necessity. While data companies have made it safe to send data with end-to-end encryption, it is also necessary that you take steps to increase such safety.
Always secure your devices with strong passwords. It goes without saying that your password needs to be secret.
Avoid Insecure Online Platforms
When browsing the internet, always look out for sites that are likely to attempt to steal or compromise your data. An SSL certificate (symbolised by ‘https’ instead of plain ‘HTTP’ on the site address) is an excellent place to begin when looking for secure sites.
The good old anti-virus remains a trustable way to keep your data safe from loss. Malware can corrupt your files; always hit it before it lands. If you are frequently online, you need to be especially wary of malware. Most computer operating systems today have an auto-updating anti-malware software, but always check to ensure that it is working. Having such software does not prevent you from installing higher-level security though.