These days everything is digital. From family photos and family albums to work documents. Thus, it’s important to have safe and secure storage.
It’s quite common nowadays to take a photo, video, or create a work document on your cell phone, but then it may never get from your cell phone to another device to allow you to back it up. Should you be one of the unlucky ones, you may lose your phone or it gets stolen. Then those one-of-a-kind pictures or videos are lost forever. That’s why it’s important to back them up in some way.
If you end up being one of lucky ones and you’re able to back-up your photos, videos, and work documents to your computer, you still have to be on top of your game. Sometimes a simple lack of attention to detail can turn your safe and secure storage to no storage at all. Sometimes it’s easier said than done to keep your data intact.
With everything being digital these days, it’s important to have safe and secure storage along with utilizing safe data protection practices. Once your pictures, videos, and other items are on your computer, it’s important to keep the list below in mind.
Here’s a quick list of 10 tips to prevent data loss:
- Back up, back up, back up! Always keep a current copy of your data on another type of storage media (even if the other storage media is “the cloud“). Test and verify your backups regularly. Keep at least one verified copy offsite and secured – disaster can strike at any time at any physical location.
- Invest in a comprehensive backup strategy. If you have any questions, consult your IT service provider about the right backup solution for you.
- Before performing system upgrades, back up and verify your data.
- For on-site data storage and computer equipment, invest in a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to protect against power spikes, blackouts, and other power issues.
- Shut down computers before turning off corresponding external storage devices to avoid possible data corruption from occurring.
- Utilize anti-virus / malware protection software. If possible, verify that there’s an automatic update feature to limit the possibility of being infected by a new virus.
- Do not move a drive while it’s operating. Physical damage may occur that would result in data loss.
- Provide adequate physical space around your computer equipment to allow for air circulation and cooling. Covering certain vents on computer equipment can cause them to overheat which could lead to data loss.
- If the drive was previously in a very cold or very hot environment, allow it to warm up or cool down to room temperature before operating.
- If you hear unusual noises, tum off the unit immediately and notify your IT service provider. These sounds may indicate a mechanical problem that could result in data loss.
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