Backup, Probably The Most Important IT Operation
While the internet is full of possibilities, it also brings various challenges that you may want to overcome. One of the things you need to keep in mind is the fact that malware attacks (in particular, ransomware attacks) are increasingly common nowadays. Ransomware encrypts files on the infected computers making them inaccessible. In the last two years, the WannaCry, Petya and Bad Rabbit ransomware attacks spread across the world and generated millions of dollars in losses. They even put human lives at risk by making hospital computer systems nonfunctional and unable to help patients – see all the details here. If you want to stay safe online and keep yourself away from this type of attack, you should consider taking some precautions:
Keep your operating system and installed software up to date
You always want to update all your software if you want to stay away from malware attacks. Every time a vulnerability is discovered and reported, software developers update their programs to fix it. So, try to update every piece of software you use as often as you can. This will help keep you away from potential issues.
Use licensed software
Whenever you deal with cracked software, you might be putting your computer at risk. Many malware infections come from unwanted software, installed from disreputable sources. That’s why you should consider using only licensed software.
Install security software
Installing security software helps you avoid malware infections or attacks. There are multiple antivirus solutions on the market you can rely on. Plus, you can choose to install an internet security software that includes additional features, depending on your needs.
Create a backup of your data
While the options listed above create additional layers of security, having a backup for your data is the only guaranteed way to ensure your data’s safety. You can opt for either a local or a cloud backup, ideally both.
Local backups mean that you’ll be keeping the data on a computer or external storage that’s not connected to the internet.
Cloud backups mean storing data on secure servers from companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Dropbox or other cloud storage providers.
Either way, creating a backup of your data is crucial for recovering from any malware attack or hardware failure. Investing in a proper backup solution is a must.
If you are a Windows user and you want to learn how to protect your files, I recommend this book: How To Backup & Recover Your Windows 10 or Windows 7 64 Bit Computer In One Hour