Posted by: snukoantitheft | January 27, 2011

5 Ways to Protect Digital Data on Windows

Protecting digital life has become one of the main concerns in today’s time. Read to find out how you can protect data on your windows driven systems.

In today’s time, almost everybody leads a digital life. And with the advent of SmartPhones and Androids, people prefer using their gadgets for storing data. Most of the times, this data is highly valuable, more than the device itself.

Also, there are times when the data is highly confidential and sensitive. You not only want to lose your precious information, but you also want to protect it from unauthorized views and access. Exposing your credit card information, social security number, or bank account information is not healthy and can subject you to identity theft. Even companies are careful about their trade secrets, personal information and financial records.

However, you can easily manage to protect your data from loss and theft and prevent it from landing in the lap of some unauthorized user. Given below are simple techniques that will help you do just that:

  1. Regular backup of information is the first step towards protecting your data from loss. The amount of data on your system that you can afford to lose decides how often the backup should be taken. Windows offers a built in utility called ntbackup.exe to allow users to perform basic backup operations. The Wizard mode can be used to simplify the process and you can schedule regular backups that are performed automatically.
  2. Using password protection for files is a good anti-theft measure. There are many Microsoft applications that can be used to set passwords on individual documents. These documents will then require a password entry in case you want to access or edit them. You can also use zipping software solutions like WinZip that will compress and encrypt your files.
  3. While transmitting data from one end terminal to another, you might want to be careful about its protection. The Windows Rights Management Services or RMS can be used for controlling what the recipients can do with the data you sent. For instance, you can set the rights for the recipient to only view the file but not be able to edit, copy or even save it. You can also stop the recipients from forwarding your mails and can set an expiry date or time so that they have no access to the document after the set time.
  4. Installation of software solutions is also a good idea for preventing loss of data. An efficient software for Windows is the BlackBox software released by Snuko. This software is adept at encrypting and backing up all the important files and folders the minute they are reported lost. It also uses Geo Location and WiFi triangulation for tracking down the lost device. This software works well on personal computers, laptops and other mobile devices.
  5. Data in network shares also needs to be properly protected. You can set permissions on data files and folders. Permissions can be set for controlling what user accounts can and cannot access files across the networks. Setting user rights is an important anti-theft measure for protecting data on the networking layer. Windows provides this facility for every document stored in the system.

A few or all of these steps will help protect your data from unauthorized access. However, the installation of a security software is a must. Snuko’s software is one of the best available in the market and should be installed in every system of the organization.