While it is difficult to predict how long a hard disk drive, USB flash drive, memory card, or digital drive will last, one thing that is important is securing the information on your laptop and desktop computers, network servers, and mobile devices. To help protect sensitive data, personal information, and other files stored on your business and personal devices, take the time to review the following tips and suggestions provided by Taking It Mobile.
Use Strong Passwords/Pin Codes
Never use repeating letters or numbers in a password or pin code. You should attempt to use a series of letters, numbers, and special characters when creating passwords. Pin codes should be created using random numbers and never use birth dates, anniversaries, or other digits someone could easily learn.
Change Passwords/Pin Codes Every Few Months
Frequently changing passwords and pin codes was previously thought to be something that should be done on a monthly basis or more frequently. In recent years this is no longer the case as it only leads to people using variants, like adding a 1 or 2 at the end of the current password/pin code. Rather it is better to come up with a brand new password/pin code and change them once every two to three months.
Never Use the Same Password/Pin Code for Every Device/App
You should create unique passwords and pin codes that are different from one another for every device and application you use. It is understandable this can become confusing for some people and they can be tempted to use the same one for everything. However, if you lose a device or a particular app is hacked into, you will be glad you did not use the same one.
Disable Automatic Public Wireless Connection on Devices
Our smartphones and tablets have a feature that is typically enabled when we get the device, which will automatically connect to open public wireless networks without your knowledge. It is better to disable this feature and manually connect to open wireless hot spots, so you can select only those ones you trust and avoid accidently connecting your device to a hacker’s hot spot.
Perform Regular Data Backups on Your Devices
You should get in the habit of backing up your data to an external hard disk drive, USB drive, or upload it to a secure Cloud storage location. For most people and small businesses, conducting a weekly backup is normally sufficient. For larger operations, nightly backups are often recommended.
Never Dispose of Devices with Data Still on Them
Even if you do a low level format of the device or reset it to its “out-of-the-box” factory settings, there could still be data fragments left over. It is better to obtain certified data erasure service from our data recovery company in Toronto.
In the event of a storage device or hard disk failure, Taking It Mobile offers several viable data and hard disk recover services. In fact, we will not even charge you in the event we are unable to recover any data. To learn more about our data recovery services or for certified data erasure, call us today at 905.597.6223.