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Backing up your device

Maintaining online security requires regularly backing up your device. The issue? Although it’s simple to say, doing it can be challenging. There are many advantages to backing up your devices. It guarantees you’ll still have access to crucial files, such as financial records or images, even if you lose your device, unintentionally delete files, or have an accident at home. 

But in terms of cyber security, the benefit is that it lessens the blow of a cyber-attack.

For instance, if you fall victim to ransomware, you will have a mechanism to recover your files without paying. 

What do we mean when we say “back up” your device?

Backing up your device means creating copies of your most crucial information and storing these copies in a secondary location. That could mean a digital place, such as the cloud. Or it could be on a physical storage device, like a USB key or an external hard drive.

How to back up your device

Step one: Choose your backup location. Before you can start backing up, you need to pick a storage option. As mentioned above, there are a few options. Generally, they fall into one of two categories:

  • Non-physical storage, such as the cloud or a server
  • Physical storage, such as a USB key, external hard drive or another computer.

Step two: Decide what you need to back up. There are two decisions to be made at this step. Which devices do you want to back up, and which specific files do you want to back up? Although you may want to back up everything, you probably don’t have enough time or storage to back up your devices constantly. Backing up can happen on almost any of our devices, which leads you to the next step.

Step three: Set up a system for backing up. You have two options. Sometimes, you can back up files automatically and take a “snapshot” of your device, its settings and files at regular intervals. You set the frequency, and your device will start the backup process without you having to think about it!

In other cases, you’ll need to back up manually and set a reminder, so your backup doesn’t become too outdated. For most people, it will be sufficient to back up the more critical devices and files more frequently and the other devices and files on a less regular basis.

Step four: Back up! Time to get to work backing up your files! For sensitive files, lock them down with a passphrase or strong password to ensure that only you will be able to access them. Keep it in a secure location if you’re using a physical storage device.

That’s not the end of your backup journey. There is still lots you could do to become even more cyber secure, such as regularly checking on your devices to ensure they’re saving correctly.

If you wish to learn more about consumer concerns you can download our mobile app, FRAUDSTER, available on Apple and Android. You can learn more at www.FraudsterApp.com

If you’ve already downloaded the FraudsterApp, click the training icon on the home screen to learn to protect yourself. 

For companies that issue devices to employees and are looking for comprehensive protection, Cyology Labs can help you understand how to handle your cybersecurity. Call us for a free consultation.

 

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