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Losing data is a nightmare situation for anyone, whether you’re an individual or a business owner. No computer is 100% secure or safe from data loss. So, make sure you can do everything you can to prevent it. It can be truly devastating if your business files or personal files are lost as a result of data loss that could be avoided.

There are plenty of things you can do to guard against the risk of data loss. Follow this guide, and you will at least minimise the risk of losing your cherished data.

Backup

Most computers and hard drives don’t back up regularly. The responsibility is yours, it’s always best to backup your data to an external hard drive, away from your computer. Store the databases (or databases, it’s a good idea to use two) away from the main computer. If your computer is damaged by flood or fire, you don’t want your backups to be destroyed by the same occurrence, which completely defeats the point.

Use Antivirus Software

This seems like an obvious one, but a lot of people don’t bother installing a good antivirus package onto their computer. Make sure the package is respectable and well known, offering you good cover.

You’ll also need to make sure that your software package covers all different types of virus. Spyware and malware are particularly dangerous so make sure your software can detect them for you.

Beware of Attachments

Ever received a dodgy email asking you to download an attachment? Don’t. Never download any attachment unless you know it’s from reliable and secure source. Ideally you would have your antivirus software scan the email and the attachment before you consider opening it.

It’s best to remain cautious. If in doubt, just don’t open it. If it turns out to be something dodgy, it could release a whole host of dangerous software onto your computer.

Keep Physical Copies of Essentials

Despite the technological world in which we now live, there is only one risk-free way of securing your precious files and data. And that way is physical copies. It might seem old-fashioned, but there is no safer way to keep files secure than keeping printed copies of documents. This might be impossible to do for all your files if you have a lot of them. But if you have essential documents that you can’t afford to lose, it’s a good idea.

Data Recovery

If the worst does happen, or already has happened, it might not be as disastrous as you think. There are occasions when PC repair companies can help you recover data that seems to be completely lost. Data can often be recovered, although it’s never 100% guaranteed. It’s always worth contacting a professional though, they might be able to retrieve your files.

Hopefully, this guide will help you get about making your data more secure. It might seem like a lot of effort now, but if you ever lose your data, it will seem like time and money well invested! It’s the kind of work you don’t appreciate until the worst happens.