User Guide: Secure Your Personal Data With These Easy Measures

With a world full of cybersecurity risks, it is important for you to be well-prepared with the enormous security tools and privacy enhancements that are needed to protect your asset your data.

The most important thing on the server networks and devices is the data that is created and stored. Applications and operating systems (OS) can always be re-established and reinstalled, but the situation differs in the case of user-created sensitive data. If it gets lost or is viewed without proper validation, the results can be distressing.

An organization’s server network may contain highly confidential documents of trade, organization’s files, inter-department folders, personal information of employees, employers, clientele, or company’s financial records. Even as individuals your phone applications, computer, or other personal gadgets may expose your credit/ debit card information, Unique Identification Number or UIN, bank account numbers, PINs, contact details, UPIs, codes, and other personal information that might be at risk in case of theft with a possibility of misuse in some scenarios.

With everything becoming too spontaneous in the digital era, protecting one’s privacy, identity and security have become vital tasks. Data security aims to guard the organization’s important data. It is not only essential to secure your data of personal devices and business but also at times gets imperative for safeguarding national safety.

With different types of data security measures such as data backup, encryption, and many others, we can ensure the security of sensitive data and avoid breaches.

Data backup

Data backup is the most vital process for securing the data. If something happens to your data, or you lose it all, you can always recover it without any fail, if and only if it’s backed up properly. Data backup helps protect your photos, documents, files, and other data not only from a technical glitch but from malicious activities. You can always compress the data files and folders and backup them to an online server, external hard disk, or both. Always try and install a secondary server in a different location, to ensure the safety of data and efficient operations of an organization, if in an unforeseen situation the primary server goes down. Also, pick a more integrated backup software and cloud service for your devices and family ecosystem. Getting an iCloud family subscription on a single iPhone with different members of your family using different devices like Android, GNU Linux is not ideal. So make the right decision before you get a plan to secure the personal data of your loved ones.

Viable off-site backup

Redundancy is the key. You can always try and use sound security practices when using the cloud for backing up. Cloud storage can provide you with the best solution for backing up your data. Cloud backup allows the data storage in off-sites allowing you the access to recover whenever required. Cloud backups guarantee adequate disaster recovery.

Data encryption is not only for the high-end users but is available for everyone to encrypt emails and any other information that might be important to them. The modern tools have made it possible to encrypt the data, even for a layman. With the entry of various publicly available tools like GPG for emails, encryption is no more a rocket science. The new updated software allows scrambling of the data, transferring, and decrypting the data at the user’s end. It is always advisable to encrypt important and sensitive content/media when sharing. Just because you store it in your home country doesn't mean tomorrow it cannot be handed over to an organisation in a foreign land or hostile jurisdiction owing to a merger or sale or a government pact etc. Privacy is an international human right and you can only assert it with open-source encryption protocol or tools. Do not trust a brand-new encryption scheme. Try and go for a more universal and old school with technologically updated methods only.

Anti-Malware protection

Malware is a serious issue afflicting every gadget user. It is well known for popping up in inconspicuous places, unrecognized to users in general. Anti-malware protection is of high importance for securing a device. Malware comes in different forms such as viruses, trojans, spyware, scareware, and many others. It can be fixed by running a good anti-virus periodically, scan for spyware, avoid clicking unnecessarily on suspicious emails, links, and websites. 

Alertness is the key

No matter how secure the services are or how reliable the company is, you should always stay alert all the time. You have to stay connected and vigilant for the notifications to migrate your personal data to the next best thing in case of an abrupt shut down of security services. Downloading applications, files, folders, opening emails, and clicking unknown links can always affect your computer and the network. You should always be extra careful with the sources you find online and take every warning box seriously.

Seek professional help

Use established paid services only. Free services may not retain your data and might delete it with short notice while you are away on a vacation. When you pay for your storage, due diligence is taken and your data is replicated in multiple facilities for reliance. Self-hosting or using a NAS is good but it might not be the best solution unless performed by professionals. If you cannot afford to hire a proper IT guy, use a professional service instead.

With a world full of cybersecurity risks, it is important for you to be well-prepared with the enormous security tools and privacy enhancements that are needed to protect your asset your data. One of the most useful recommendations to keep the data private is by regularly assessing your data exposure on all social media and other interactive platforms to avoid unnecessary breach exposure.

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