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Data Protection Concerns And How To Protect It

Posted By: Arin Dey - November 16, 2020

 In general terms, data protection concerns three areas:

  • securing data, especially personal data such as bank account numbers, TANs and PINs, against theft and misuse;
  • protecting data against viruses and other malware; and
  • protecting data in case of a hardware failure.

So, data protection is more than just virus protection and passwords. But many users ignore the protection of their data. You probably know someone who has four or five broken cellphones at home. Of the data that used to be on those phones, what was saved on the SIM card may have been saved. It’s similar with laptops and tablets. Whenever a device fails, data is lost. It might just be letters and e-mails, but mostly it’s photos – and when they’re gone, beautiful memories are lost forever. But contracts and other documents can also be lost. Data losses are therefore both material and non-material.

Data Protection Concerns And How To Protect It

The most important tips for protecting against spying on passwords – in other words, the basic rules for data protection – are:

  • Never use the same password for multiple accounts.
  • Never use words that are in a dictionary or that consist of numbers (birthdays or lottery numbers) as passwords, because these can easily be generated by a generator.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Don’t keep a list of passwords on one of your computers or smartphones.

Advantages of backup solutions

The advantages of backup solutions are obvious.

  • The data backup is carried out automatically so that the user cannot forget to back up his pictures, contacts, telephone numbers, emails, and documents.
  • The backup runs in the background and doesn’t interfere with the computer, smartphone, or tablet as much as direct copying.
  • With a cloud backup, secure storage systems are used in a data centre of the backup solution provider and the user doesn’t have to worry about the procurement and operation of the backup drives.
  • Thanks to convenient setup wizards, users don’t have to learn how to operate additional software, but can concentrate on what’s important.

A backup is therefore more than just a copy of the data. But the backup must also be planned. Once planned, the data can be restored in almost any situation.

The three golden rules of data protection

Rule 1: An important prerequisite for data protection is the awareness of the correct handling of passwords, the appropriate selection of devices (from PCs to tablets to smartphones), and the correct selection of cloud services.

Rule 2: Assess what data you have, where it is currently stored, how important it is, and whether you have access to this data. Such an inventory will reveal vulnerabilities in data protection, from passwords stored in files to external hard drives that are no longer accessible.

Rule 3: Use backup software. Especially if you want to back up many different devices, backup software, including cloud storage, is recommended. You should also use this backup software to regularly test whether the data can be restored.

Source: B2C

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