I have found that one of the best ways to protect your data this day in age is to sign up for a cloud based backup solution that automatically updates and uploads all your new and changed files. This is a relatively new concept – as internet speeds have gotten faster and faster the concept of the cloud is a lot more accessible.
I have been a customer of BackBlaze for a while now, and when the hard drive on my video editing computer died a premature (well, maybe not so premature) death on me out of the blue, the fact that I had been running BackBlaze for a few months literally saved my butt and prevented the loss of hours of work as well as video footage that would have been impossible to get back.
Therefore I now use BackBlaze on all my computers. Actually this post is a reminder that I have to set it up on my new editing computer, but it’s raining right now and I’m worried about a power outage.
Anyway, the best defense against anything such as malware, viruses, and other similar “baddies” is a good backup. However we obviously encourage you to implement as many security features as you feasibly can so you can save yourself the time and hassle of cleaning up after a virus or malware breakout.
Besides backups, you’ll want to protect your PC simply because you need to protect your personal information from hackers. Identity theft is a real danger these days and you don’t want to take any chances that you don’t have to.
I highly recommend using a password storage service such as LastPass so that you can create different and secure passwords for all of your logins. The worst security is using the same password, which many people do simply because they cannot feasibly keep track of all the different passwords they need for all their different logins.
Another thing I highly recommend to my friends and family is to turn on the automatic updates of your software. This means that you won’t have to remember to run or install an update – it’s done for you automatically. This takes away the risk of security holes as most updates to software are to patch security holes.
Do you have any other security tips for our readers? Leave a comment below!