There are majorly two sets of users: those who don’t care who have access to their information and those who use every available means to protect their information from being accessed by unauthorized person(s). In this write-up, I will concentrate on people that don’t bother about their information and not those that are already aware of the implications and secure their information jealously. This will take us to a major question; how do you secure your information? There are many ways to secure information but base on the scope of this write-up, I will treat only three. Always have important data saved in two places. Don’t use passwords people can easily guess. Duplicate any data stored in cloud.
This is necessary because of what we call computer virus. It is a malicious program that could duplicate itself with the aim of corrupting files stored in the system. There are different types of them like Trojan horse, malware, etc. It can attack a file and make it impossible for the user to get whatever information stored in it. It usually comes through devices shared with others and it’s necessary we have antivirus stored in our computers.
It helps to fight off any virus that wants to attack your information.I believe that losing important information is not an experience you would want to go through, as every information stored could be totally lost when not stored elsewhere. So it is a good option to have your information stored in another place like flash, external hard disk or
CD, so that when you lose the informationthrough virus you can safely bring it back through those media.Apart from computer virus attacking the information, there could be cases of the hard disk crashing or someone mistakenly deleting your information. When you have it saved in another place, you could easily bring it back without stress.
Study had shown that people naturally like using simple passwords which they can easily remember whenever they want to use it. But this can be very risky to your information, in the sense that it can be hacked. There are people that are professionals in hacking passwords. The work becomes easy for them when the password is such that can be guessed easily. Once they guess your password, they can comfortably have access to your information. Some can go to the extent of transacting with your details. I hope no one would like to have such experience, and so the best option is to use passwords that will be difficult for them to guess. There had been cases of where people’s passwords were hacked and the hackers use their accounts to dupe unvigilant friends and relatives who thought the message actually came from the person they know without knowing that the account had been hacked. It’s really a sad event. Passwords that have only alphabets like, Julie, paul, et cetera, can be guessed easily, so don’t use them. Passwords with only numbers like 1234, 4567, and 8910 can be easily guessed. To make passwords strong, you should combine alphabets and numbers, for instance, jul23i, p543aull, cannot be easily guessed. To make it more stronger, add special characters like #, &, _, et cetera. A good example is pa_!!67lil. This would be very difficult for hackers to break through and in that case, your information would be protected. You should also keep it relatively long; average of eight characters will be advisable. The disadvantage of this though, is that once you forget the password, you will not have access to your information too, so it is good to write it down in a safe place where you can easily check it when you forget. With the speed with which hackers are going about hacking passwords, very soon they will be able to hack virtually all passwords through their expertise. So in that case, you can as well use voice password.This is a case where you use your voice to set the password that will give you access to your information. This can be found in android phones and some other devices. Although, it is not yet popular, but it is very good in setting security for your information.
If someone else tries to access your information, the device will check that person’s voice with the one you used in setting the password, if it doesn’t match, access would be denied the person. But this have its disadvantage in the sense that if your voice changes, it will also deny you access to your own information. It is necessary you maintain the same voice used in setting it up so that you would not totally lose your information.Next time, when choosing your password, go for very strong technical password.
This involves storing your information in accounts like Gmail, Dropbox, etc. It is good but sometimes cloud can fail, leading to the information missing. Apart from the information missing, you cannot have access to information without the internet.
So what happens when there is network problem and you need to get access to your information? To avoid this kind of problem, it is necessary for you to backup all the information you stored in cloud in your hard disk and other external devices too,
so that if such happens, you would be able to retrieve your data from the one stored in hard disk. If you rely totally on cloud, you won’t have any means of getting your information back as at when needed when such happens.
Having seen the importance of securing our information, I believe that the group that care less of people that access their data will see the need to begin to secure their information with these ways discussed.