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4 Ways to Protect your Data from a PC Disaster
A PC disaster can strike at any time, not just as a result of hardware failure (although this is most common reason), but from unfortunate incidents such as a building fire or flood, theft, or natural disaster. Of course, we all like to believe that such an occurrence will never happen to us, and the chances are it will not; however, if it does you will want to know that your important data is safe.
For peace of mind and assurance that your data is protected in the event of a PC disaster, here are four methods that you should pursue.
1. Password protect your PC
Password protection is something that many PC users neglect, but if your computer were to end up in the wrong hands, you’ll sure wish you had it. When creating a password make sure that it is something that you can remember but no one else will be able to solve – to achieve this, your password should be:
- at least eight characters long
- containing no complete words
- containing no real names, users names or company names
- different from other passwords (i.e. email and social media accounts)
- contain a mixture of upper case, lower case, numbers, and symbols.
2. Make hardcopies
While printing documents may be becoming a thing of the past, it is advisable to make printed hardcopies of your important data and keep them in a save location away from the office.
3. Disaster proof storage
The best way to protect your data is by creating backups and you should do this in a couple of ways. One such way is to copy important information onto an external hard-drive; however, as these too are at risk when disaster strikes, it is wise to invest in a disaster-hardened solution – one that is built to survive if a fire or flood ever does occur.
4. Cloud Online Backup
The other way to backup data is to use cloud online backup. This involves having your data stored remotely in off-site data centres around the world and will ensure that your most critical data is completely safe when a disaster occurs. In fact, cloud online backup is the only complete way of guaranteeing your data is protected from every eventuality. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your files and folders either – all cloud uploads are transferred using 256-bit military grade encryption.
Disaster proofing your data requires very little time or money and will ensure your livelihood is protected if the worst-case scenario were to occur.
For more advice on data protection and to learn about the benefits of cloud online backup, call ITWiser today on 01274 868924 or email us at info@ITwiser.co.uk.