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Secure Your Data

You can always reinstall things like applications and operating systems. Your data is what is unique. This makes it the single most important thing on your network or computer. You can always be sure that it is safe though when you have it on a secure flash drive.

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SecureUSB is especially great for when you want to use your data with more than a single device. This is because it works with any device that will support a USB drive. That means that the smartphone that was supposed to allow for an upswing in your productivity, but didn’t because your data wasn’t on it, can now be more productive.


Securing Your Information

You can define securing your information as:
·  Ensuring that it remains confidential and that only the people who should be accessing that information can.
·  Having the knowledge that no one has changed or been able to change your information so that you can rely on the accuracy of it.
·  Ensuring that your data is readily available right when you need it – this might entail making backups and storing them off-site.
When you stop to consider it, your data is the most valuable thing on your computer. After all, the reason for you even having the network or computer is for the data and that is your first priority when it comes to putting protection for your system in place.
Sometimes, your data will be confidential. This means that aside from not wanting to lose it, you also don’t want others to be able to view it unless they are authorized to. Even on your personal computer, you might want to keep things like your bank account info, credit card info, and social security number safe from prying eyes. This information in the wrong hands could spell disaster. On your business systems, company documents might convey trade secrets to the readers or even personal information regarding clients or employees or even financial records for the business.
Let’s take a quick look at some other ways to protect that information.




Back It Up

The most important step when it comes to protecting your data is backing it up. You can do this on an hourly, weekly, daily basis, or any frequency that you feel comfortable with. You might choose to use the backup utility that is built right into Windows for those basic backups or you might want to configure the settings manually so that you can schedule the backups to be done automatically.

You can also get one of the third - party programs that will offer you options that are more sophisticated. Whatever program you decide to use, it is always a good idea to store a copy of your backup somewhere off site – like on a SecureUSB – so that it will be protected in case of a tornado, fire, or other type of disaster that can destroy backup discs or tapes as well as the original data.



Use Security at Different Levels

If you want to keep other people out of your data, you should set permissions on each of the files and folders. If you happen to have data that is in network shares, you might consider setting the share permissions so that you can control which users can and can’t access the various files on the network.
Keep in mind though that these permissions will not apply if someone happens to be using the computer on which that specific data is stored. If you want to share the computer and remain protected, you will need to use the NTFS permissions, or file level permissions.
The importance of keeping your data secured cannot be emphasized enough. If you happen to be looking to grow or expand your business, you might consider seeking the advice of an expert in digital security so that you will be able to ensure that your data is safe and secure. With the growing use of cloud computing, keeping your data secure is not more important than ever.


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