The majority of people hardly ever think about protecting their private data unless becoming a victim of unauthorized data access, theft of complete data loss. Instead of dealing with the consequences of such situations, it’s better to care about prevention beforehand. In fact, you might not even realize how much private information is stored on your PC, laptop or USB flash drive (personal photos or videos, financial records, credit card numbers, passwords, business contracts, emails, documents etc.) and how much vulnerable this data is.
One of the easiest ways of data protection is to zip your important files with a password. However, this method is hardly reliable as there are many password crackers allowing anyone to open your zip files without knowing your password. And these are freely available for download and are easy to use. Therefore, if somebody wants to open your password protected zip files, it won’t be difficult to do.
Some people prefer to keep their private and most sensitive files off computers and laptops storing them on removable devices such as USB Flash drives. Yet, due to a small size these gadgets can be easily lost or stolen and all the information might fall into the wrong hands and be lost for good.
An essential thing is to install an antivirus and anti-spyware software and make sure it’s regularly updated. You can either buy professional programs or install free software. But the fact is that new viruses appear at tremendous speed so even professional antivirus programs do not provide a 100% protection. Some of the viruses might be missed by your antivirus software and can damage or even totally destroy your files quickly and silently.
With all that said, using a professional specialized data protection software might become the most reasonable solution. There are numerous data security programs available in the market, both free and paid ones. With this type of software you can password protect your files, lock them or encrypt. Just select the software that meets your data security needs and get your private data secured.
In addition to a professional data protection software it is advisory to use some extra measures such as data backup and online file storage services to make sure your private data is not lost in case of computer damage, hard drive crash, virus attacks, USB drive stealing or any other accident that can lead to a complete data loss