If you don’t have a backup, your digital life could be in danger
In a world where life is digitized, losing valuable data is among the worst things that can happen. Worse than this is not having a backup in case of a data failure. Cyber security experts shared what needs to be done on March 31, World Backup Day, drawing attention to how much a data loss can cost.
The impact of data loss can vary depending on what type of data was lost and when the loss occurred. If you have regularly backed up all important data during your workflow, you can restore the lost data from your past backups. In addition to losing data important to your business, data losses can be even more discouraging if you lose your images or videos that you can’t recreate. These can range from marriage proposals to childhood memories to photographs of deceased family members.
How does your data get lost?
Experts underline that there are many reasons for losing valuable data. Some are preventable, while others are more difficult to predict and prevent. Malware infection of your device is among the reasons for losing your data. Depending on malware, your computer may be completely wiped, your data may be corrupted, or your data may be locked if you are exposed to ransomware.
Build your defense line
Provide powerful tools to strengthen your system, as it is helpful to be prepared to fight malware. Antivirus software detects and removes malware, while firewalls prevent unauthorized users from accessing your information.
Your device may be stolen, may be subject to mechanical damage due to liquid spillage or falling from a height. Devices may fail due to a manufacturing defect affecting a particular component, such as age or your hard disk overheating. Power outages are an example of an unpredictable accident. You can lose the data you are working on in the blink of an eye. You also need to account for human errors that could lead to the accidental deletion of critical data.
Get professional support
Depending on your device and the type of damage and the value of your data, you should consider seeking professional support. This service may be offered by connecting to your device remotely or may require you to take your device to a recovery service.
What you can do on your own?
If your data has been accidentally deleted, stop using the device immediately, but do not turn it off. If it’s battery-powered, plug it into the charger. Disable all networking, if it has a flight mode or something, enable it and then put it to sleep.If you accidentally spill liquid on your device, turn it off immediately and try to dry it quickly with a soft dry cloth. If any external media is connected, unplug it and dry it too. Leave it for a few days to dry completely. Depending on the amount of liquid damage, you may need to seek professional help from a service.
If your device has been compromised by ransomware, you can find free decryptors created by security companies. You can also try to get your data back using various recovery software specially developed for this purpose.
Prevention is always better than cure.
It is better to regularly backup your sensitive and important data than frantically trying to recover lost data. Use multiple storage formats, such as a well-known cloud storage service. So you have access to your data when you need it. As a good precaution, always encrypt all your data before storing it anywhere. So even if someone steals your cloud backups or external drives, your data is protected.