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Take ample precautions to safeguard personal and business data on your computer. Strong passwords in tandem with adequate system backups offer the best protection.
Staying safe online requires vigilance and knowledge. Enhanced security, supplemented by regular and routine data backup go a long way, but there are some protective measures that are better than others.
We have compiled some suggestions gleaned from experts in the realm of digital protection. Take advantage of their collective expertise to keep your records private to ensure that personal and business records stay safe.
Here are the best ways to become a digital Ninja.
Security precautions must be practiced consistently to be effective. They should be planned, uniform and practical, easily implemented and enforced. Any lapse in security protocols puts all stored data at risk.
Treat your passwords like secret handshakes. Share them sparingly, and only as necessary. Change them regularly, and never take shortcuts.
As important as passwords are to control access to digital data, the necessity for both routine complete data backup and specialty transfers as needed cannot be underestimated. Having redundant systems in place, ideally both onsite, as with an external hard drive, or offsite as cloud storage, is vital.
Institute routine backup procedures on a sensible basis — daily, weekly, or at specific benchmarks — to ensure compliance. Maintain the same security measures with backups as with original data.
Organize your record-keeping sensibly. Just as you would regularly purge a closet or a file cabinet of unnecessary clutter, set up a computer filing system that prioritizes your records so that it’s easy to find necessary information.
Finally, treat digital security as a priority, and never take shortcuts for the sake of convenience. Beware of potential scams: Never open a suspicious email, and be wary of unsolicited phone offers concerning digital security, data storage or file recovery.
The health of your computers and digital devices, as well as the personal and professional records they contain, is in your hands.