A modern personal computer somehow, leads a dual life. On one hand, it’s an entertainment center, providing access to the internet, games etc. And on the other, it’s a great tool for creating, collecting and storing all sorts of important information.
If your pc is lost, stolen or you switch to another one there is very little effect to the entertainment side. But unless the personal data on your system is properly protected, a loss or theft could easily become a data disaster. How can such a disaster be headed off? Here are a few hot ideas.
Back up early and often.
The most important step when protecting your data from loss is regularly backing it up. This can be done using the in-built backup utility found in Windows (ntbackup.exe). You can then use Wizard Mode which simplifies creation of backups or manually configure the backup settings.
There are numerous third party backup programs which offer even more sophisticated options. Whatever the program used, it is important for you to store a copy of the backup offsite in case of tornado, fire or other natural disasters that could destroy the backup disks or tapes alongside the original data.
Most productivity applications, for example Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office applications allow people to protect their individual documents with passwords. For the document to be opened, users have to enter the password. Unfortunately, the password protection offered in Microsoft Word is pretty easy to crack.. This kind of password protection deters casual would-be intruders but is can easily be circumvented by determined intruders with the right tools.
Got sensitive data you want to keep, rather than shred? At the very least, copy the file to an encrypted ZIP file and shred the original.
Most security suites allow you to create a “vault” to be used to store files. The encrypted vault looks like an ordinary folder when opened using the password, but when locked the files stored within are completely inaccessible. Several suites offer this feature among them Bitdefender Total Security, McAfee Total Protection, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security and TrustPort Total Protection.
Use Protective Software
Installing an antivirus software program is must. We recommend Norton 360 as a great software program that offers real time protection. But what happens if you get infected by malware? Then what can you do to help your computer? The best option would be to install a decent anti-spyware software tool such as Spyhunter 4. This software tool is a great program that can easily remove any spyware that works its way onto your PC. Check out the reviews over at We Hate Malware for more information.
Create plans to review the status of your data security and create routine processes to handle, access and store or archive your data. Ensure you and all your colleagues are aware of how they should respond in case of a data loss or breach incident.
Manage your system and browser to protect your privacy.
Hackers are constantly working to find holes in browsers and operating systems. To protect the computer and information within, set the security settings of your system or browser to medium or high. Check the “Options” or “Tools” menus to know how this is done. Regularly update the system and browser, and take advantage of automatic updating when it is available.
Install a firewall.
Firewalls are programs that block hackers from using your computer. Hackers search the net and send out calls to numerous computers awaiting responses. Firewalls prevent computers from responding to such calls. Firewalls block communications to and from unpermitted sources. This is particularly important for people using high speed internet connections, like cable or DSL. To be effective the firewall must be properly set up, turned on and regularly updated.