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Protecting Your Data While You Still Can

The web is an amazing place full of interesting contents that suit different tastes. There is essentially something that will catch your fancy. And the more the world progresses, the more intertwined our lives are to technology. The most obvious of all is the smartphone which almost never leaves our hands and is usually the first thing we look for upon waking up and the last thing we tinker with before drifting off to sleep at night. Then, most industries also use the computer in running their day-to-day operation. Whether it is a small, medium or a big business, a school, an institution, or even those stay-at-home employees and entrepreneurs use it in their day-to-day. Small and big data make our digital world go round.

Now, what happens when this data is compromised? Well, perhaps it can be the end for you and a sign to buy a new device. Sometimes, businesses close for good because they’re no longer able to recover from the inconvenience caused by lost files that are basically the backbone of their businesses. At times, it is still possible to recover lost data but not all the time. Backing up your files is a nice practice especially if you are the organized type who likes having a safety plan in place. Not all the time the cause of the data loss is because of your own doing like accidentally deleting files or the normal wear and tear of your device. The reason could be third-party that is after your data and perhaps more.

Next generation data storage technology is the need for the hour as everything today we use creates data. For instance our mobile phones, wearable electronics, smart battery, games, advertisements, movies, smart homes, smart city, smart homes i.e. almost everything creates data. The next generation data storage technology offers the storage and fast recovery of our data in an efficient manner. The conventional data storage technology cannot handle the large chunks of data that are being produced every day.

The increasing input-output devices are driving the next generation data storage market. Now data is being produced in virtually every sector that is the major growth driver for next generation data storage market. The growing demand for time-saving is a major driver of next generation data storage market. An example of time-saving technologies or system: smart technologies, automated systems, internet of things, online shopping, etc. has taken the next generation data storage market to a next level. 

(Via: https://www.latestmarketreports.com/2017/11/23/next-generation-data-storage-technology-market-size-to-expand-significantly-by-the-end-of-2021/)

Knowing the many dangers of the web, it is no longer an excuse that you weren’t able to safeguard your device from sneaky hackers that almost always find a way to compromise your system and access your device remotely. Whether you are using a handy mobile smartphone or a conventional computer or laptop, the risk is there and you have nobody else to blame but yourself if you don’t do something to protect your device while you still can. Don’t ever take for granted an antivirus software because it can come in handy although there are some newer viruses that can bypass known firewalls and antivirus without you ever knowing it is already on your device.

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Monitor data usage

Logging all access and usage data is also crucial. Organisations should be able to monitor which users are accessing what information, applications, and other resources, when they are being accessed, and from what devices and locations. These logs are also useful for auditing purposes: by identifying areas of concern and helping organisations understand where to strengthen protective measures when necessary. When an incident occurs, an audit trail can help to pinpoint precise entry points, determine the cause, and evaluate damages.

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Encrypt all data

Encryption is one of the most useful data protection methods for financial services organisations. If data is encrypted in transit and at rest, it becomes more difficult (almost impossible) for attackers to decipher sensitive information – even if they manage to gain access to the data. Furthermore, the General Data Protection Regulation states that all organisations will need to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect data, including pseudonymisation and encryption. 

(Via: http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2017/Nov/24/getting-to-grips-with-data-security-10-tips-for-success/)

There are other measures you can take for bigger businesses that have more to lose in case their data is either compromised or lost especially now that malware is widespread and you can easily end up with a corrupted device right under your nose. Spending a little more on your data security and protection is worth the peace of mind it can give you and sparing yourself from all the hassles that data loss or a security breach can bring.

Remember that everyone is vulnerable whether you are a private individual or someone working in a big company. Educate yourself on these issues because ignorance about it will not save you from becoming a victim when worst comes to worst. When that happens, you not only suffer from lost files and everything else that goes along with it but you also have to pay for costly data recovery services in a last attempt to retrieve all your files back.

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