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5 Ways to Prevent Data Loss

By on February 22, 2013

5 Ways to Prevent Data Loss

Whether your computer is for your personal use, school, or work, you should know about ways to prevent data loss.

With computers becoming increasingly important in day to day life, it isn't hard to see just why protecting the data on them should be a priority.

So what can you do to make sure you're able to protect your information?

That's something we'll be looking at in this post as we explore ways to prevent data loss in a variety of scenarios. Keep reading to learn more.

The Best Ways to Protect Your Computer

Keeping the data on your computer safe is all about being proactive. Because there are many different ways the information on your computer can be compromised, there are several things you need to do to keep those things from happening.

Some of them include:

  1. Regular Backup – This is something that everyone needs to practice, no matter how much or how little the computer is used.Data backup creates copies of your information in another location so that if the computer's primary hard drive fails, or is damaged, you will be able to keep the information from being lost.
  1. Beware of Malicious Software – You hear about things like computer viruses, trojans, and other malicious software all the time because they affect so many people. Taking the right steps so that you aren't affected by them is fairly simple.Make sure you only download from websites that you trust, have your antivirus program scan your system on a regular basis, and generally be mindful of what kind of programs you put on your computer.

    Likewise, you want to be careful of programs that sometimes come bundled in with other programs that you download. When you go through the installation process, there will often be a prompt asking if you want to download an additional program. Choose no.

  1. Consider Offsite Storage – Of the many ways to prevent data loss, off site storage can be one of the most reliable.When thinking about offsite storage, you want to look at cloud computing as a means to protect your data. This will routinely store your information on servers hosted by the company providing the service. This way, if something disastrous happens at your place of business, your data will still be safe.
  1. Change Passwords Regularly – It seems like passwords are needed for just about everything, so you want to make sure they're as strong as possible. This means using combinations of letters, numbers, and symbols.Even so, keeping people out of your accounts and off of your networks should also involve regular changing of your passwords. This will help protect your identity online and keep information related to things like banking information secure at all times.
  1. Set Permissions – If you run a small business with its own network, one of the best ways to prevent data loss is to control who can access what.You can create permissions so that users of your network are only able to access what they need to do their jobs. This will prevent them from seeing important data that they aren't supposed to see, which could potentially cause other issues in the future.

When you want to protect your PC and avoid many of the problems that users and small businesses see, the five steps above are a great place to start.

By following them, you can stop an IT disaster before it starts and rest easy knowing that the information you rely on is always safe.

Confused? IT Consulting Can Make Your Life Easier

To figure how you can truly protect your data, turn to expert IT consulting from the professionals of DSR Inc.

You can reach us at (410) 579-4508 or contact us online right here. We'll work with you on the best ways to prevent data loss on your machines or servers.

Topics: Business IT, Productivity

About the Author

Dan Hogan is the President and CEO of DSR, Inc. Since joining the DSR team in 2000, Dan has helped to distinguish DSR as a unique option for purchasing and supporting computer technology equipment in Maryland and the surrounding midatlantic region. He is passionate about making exceptional quality equipment available at affordable prices.