Wednesday, March 31st marks World Backup Day 2021, reminding us to ensure we backup and protect our data. With so many people working at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, often without the data and network protection they may have at work, it is more important than ever this year to remember to protect your data by backing it up regularly.
Research by World Backup Day suggests that a third of us (30%) are at risk of losing our data having never backed up our data. In addition, 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, and without a full backup, all data on these items is lost. When it comes to computers, 1 in 10 are infected with viruses every month.
Backing up is essential whether you want to protect your data, pictures, videos on a personal level or if you are a part of an enterprise company and store valuable business information. Simply by having a backup solution in place can help with security. Without it your personal and business data is at risk of being lost or stolen.
Backups are a hot topic during the coronavirus pandemic, with the majority of us working remotely meaning IT can’t easily access hardware and afflicted computers. An even hotter topic though is that of ransomware with more and more of us falling victim. Ransomware can lock up your data until a ransom is paid, and only then are you able to access to your data again.
To help people keep both their work and personal data secure this World Backup Day, and throughout 2021, Totality Services – London’s leading and award-winning IT support experts – has shared their top data protection tips and tricks.
Back up your data regularly (not just on World Backup Day)
Protect your data against hardware failure or theft by backing it up frequently, and ideally to the cloud. Regardless of whether you backup to the cloud or to an external drive, always make sure the data is encrypted.
Use complex passwords
Ensure you use passwords and the more obscure the better. They should be long and difficult to crack, contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, and include numbers and symbols. You should also use a unique username and password for every separate online account – using LastPass (or a similar solution), will help store all your passwords securely.
Ensure DNS protection
DNS protection is a solution that can be installed on laptops, PCs and Macs. In a nutshell it makes sure that the websites you access are legitimate (e.g., online banking, G Suite, Microsoft 365 etc). When working remotely or logging into public networks, risks can increase and you can’t control the network and the associated security settings. So, you want to make sure when you are imputing login credentials into any website, that nobody is able to see this information, and steal data or money from you. DNS protection helps with this.
Keep your device software up to date
Make sure your mobile phone and computer operating system is always up-to-date. It is tougher for hackers to crack the latest operating systems as they are released. Software updates include security patches, which help protect the data on your devices once they’re installed.
Be wary of suspicious emails
Educate yourself on how to spot suspicious emails. There are more phishing emails circulating now than ever. Check for signs such as spelling errors, urgent calls to action, and requests for payment to avoid being caught out. If it looks suspicious, don’t trust it and block the sender. To be extra secure you could use a third-party email filtering service with your mailboxes so that every incoming email is scanned for fraudulent links, content and attachments.
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