Protecting your information

Nowadays the huge capacity of hard disks and the immediateness of the Internet have got us used to think there is not need to protect our information. Think again, and you will see these recommendations, which were elementary fifteen years ago, are still a must for all of us.

+ Try to use two disks in your computer (either by partitions or by two real hard disks): a disk for your applications and the other one to store your information. This way, if something happens to your disk of applications, you will not necessarily lose the information stored your data disk.

+ Keep copies of your files. This is crucial, especially if you deem it unrecoverable. Use a compressed file to backup all your files and save it somewhere else. These days, you have CD burners, pendrives, and virtual disks to do it, so there is no excuse.

+ In some cases, it is a good idea to keep two sets of copies to protect your information: The last backup copy and the one previous to it. Occasionally, people need to step back up to a previous version to recover data they changed later.

+ Store printed copies of your most important work in a safe place. Electronic means are useful, clean and efficient, but they are not free of failures.

+ When using your computer to work with sensitive information, keep your files encrypted (password-protected).

+ If you work in a network, verify the administrator has granted you all the authorizations you need. Additionally, we remind you the administrator can access every file you have used.

+ If you share files over the Internet, try to avoid peer-to-peer software. Continue using your e-mail to send and receive your files.

+ Finally, learn how to reduce your risk of Internet intrusions and try to use the most secure versions of the software you install.

With this, we are sure your information will be better protected.

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