How to Protect Your Data

Imagine this scenario.

You switch on your computer at the start of your work day.

What you see is a blank screen staring at you.

This is deadline day for the submission of an important project you have been working on for months.

Your client’s business depends upon it.

Your reputation depends upon it.

What would you do?

Device breakdown is one of the key challenges most people face when remote working.

But before discussing the blank screen nightmare scenario further, let’s discuss the precautions you could take to prevent a disastrous outcome if you were ever faced with such a scenario.

Automatic Data Backup

Because anyone driving knows there is a possibility, they might be involved in an accident, they obtain an insurance policy in advance.

As a remote worker, you are aware of the possibility of your computer crashing or losing your phone.

Therefore, the most expedient thing to do is have a backup system to ensure your data is backed up at the end of your work day.

Ideally, you want a system that backs up your data automatically as you work.

In that instance, even if you forgot to backup, your data would be saved.

So, if the worst was to happen, you will not lose your data.

Insure Your Devices

Like the human body, devices have minds of their own.

We don’t normally get advanced notice of when we are going to get ill.

You could wake up feeling well a few hours later, you are in the hospital fighting for your life.

The same thing happens to our devices.

You could switch off your PC at the end of your work day, switch it on in the morning and it does not even start.

In an office environment, you might have a replacement device within reach.

But when you are remote working, especially when working for yourself, you do not have the luxury of calling IT.

This is why as a self-employed professional remote working, it makes sense to have some form of insurance in the event your computer breaks.

The Case for Automatic Data Backup

Let’s imagine you had access to a spare computer after your computer broke.

How would you access your data?

It’s in your broken computer, remember?

However, if your data was automatically backed up, you could access it on another device.

Even better, if your computer was insured, you might receive an immediate replacement device with which to continue your work.

The Case for Antivirus

Antivirus is the first line of defence in the prevention of a computer virus.

Most viruses have developed effective ways of evading antivirus software.

But those are more advanced viruses.

The majority of viruses can be easily detected using an antivirus. Besides, many antivirus software constantly updated to enable them counter new threats.

Therefore, as a minimum, ensure you have antivirus installed on your work computer.

The Case for Email Filter

The majority of computer viruses are introduced into computers through email links. The first step to avoiding been infected with a computer virus is to never click on email links or open attachments from unknown sources.

However, the most effective way of preventing such a mistake is ensuring your emails are filtered before they land in your inbox.

Every email service provider has means of filtering emails before they land in customers inbox. Most people lack the ability to activate such features.

If you are unable to activate such a feature, ensure you seek help.

Use Windows Defender

The most effective tool for virus prevention is a free tool currently installed on your Windows 10 computer.

You simply need to set it up.

As stated previously, the majority of antivirus software have become so sophisticated they can detect a large percentage of viruses.

But windows 10 is more sophisticated than all antivirus software on the market.

And it’s free.

It’s already on your computer.

All you need is help setting it up correctly.

The Case for Data Protection Education

The weakest link in any system is the human factor.

People make mistake.

Consciously or unconsciously.

This is why data protection education is the most critical piece of the data protection puzzle.

You can avoid losing your data by simply educating yourself on the requisite preventative measures.

The information necessary to help you protect your data are freely available, you simply need to know where to look.

Need Help?

Need help protecting your data?

Device breakdown and data loss can be devastating especially when remote working.

While preventative measures can help minimise the damage, it is not a substitute for expert intervention.

At the Remote Working Helpdesk, we help small businesses and professional entrepreneurs like private medical doctors, lawyers, accountants and dentists prevent, protect and recover lost data.

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About the author

Romeo Richards

Romeo Richards is a CompTIA, EC-Council, Microsoft & CISCO certified Penetration Tester and Cyber Security Analyst. Rome has 15 years security management, marketing and retail loss prevention experience. He has authored 23 books and numerous articles and whitepapers.

Frequently presents webinars and workshops.

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