Protecting data not only involves protection from harmful viruses, malware, spyware and unauthorised access, but also possible loss, corruption, system failures, overwriting and even accidental or unintended deletion. All these can destroy data and important files, and it is very important to have an understanding how data protection works. Anything open over broadband internet (even smartphones and mobiles with an online connection) can experience unauthorised access and data corruption through harmful malware, spyware or other viruses, and must be protected.
Although there are a number of ways to execute proper data recovery process for computers, it must only be as the last resort. Data recovery won’t guarantee complete recovery in some cases, and it’s best to have counter measures in order to preserve and protect important information.
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While internal mishaps and data corruption is inevitable at some point, it is best to have back up plans and tighter security measures in place to make sure damage and loss is kept at zero or very minimum. In most cases this is possible. Preparatory time is always needed to set this up before things are operational.
As part of the preparatory steps, dependable Firewall / Security must be installed on the computers or network/server being used. Any high speed or broadband connections use reliable security measures, with levels ranging from common household use to huge network security. This system makes sure that entry level access and any other external access is monitored, recognised and blocked from the start. It ensures the network’s security and access is strictly limited to authorised personnel only and no other access from harmful programs and software.
Backing up files, system logs and other information is vital in case of isolated incidents in case internal or physical damages happen, theft, hacking and other unauthorised intrusion happens. The location of the backup must be in a secure drive or network or storage elsewhere, either virtual or via external mobile devices. A reliable and well protected high speed broadband internet connection must always be present but not always open (and preferably have a strong security system and properly set up firewall).
Back it up!
A reliable back up and /or storage format would be a Cloud Storage that is protected and hidden from everyone. Either third party or private, a Cloud storage is free from harm and will effectively serve as back up storage with extra convenience and ease of access. It must be updated regularly to make sure information and files are up to date. The Cloud can be accessed everywhere, from smartphones and mobiles to personal computers and macs, as long as these devices and their broadband connections are safe and fast.
Another form of backup is an external hard drive storage, and although storage size will be dramatically lesser, the portability and mobility makes up for it, and can be a movable Cloud that can be set up anywhere. Again, any drive has to be worked with tight security and also protected physically, to ensure safe data storage and also ensure safe storage and care of the actual physical storage drive (proper temperature, handling, connections and usage).
VPN or a Virtual Private Network can be set up as either a wholly private network or a part of it can be made hidden and invisible to public or common users. The invisible part of the network then serves as a private cloud backup and storage open only to authorised users and closed to the public and all outsiders. It is accessible from public internet networks everywhere, via broadband or any high speed internet service, but is closely encrypted and accessed with a password and log in name with only one connection to the logged in user. At this network, data and files reserved for authorised users can be accessed, copied, modified and used, safe from the outside world.