It’s easy to take data for granted these days. Near instantaneous saving to remote servers and the abundance of flash drives makes it seem like worrying about data is a thing of the past. Yet it’s this laid back attitude toward data which presents the biggest threat to its security: how well are you keeping your digital information safe from outside threats these days?

If you’re like most people, the answer is “not much.” The dependence on aforementioned instant cloud backup and other remote forms of data storage are why we aren’t thinking about data security as much as we once did. Unfortunately, the data in question has never been more important than it is today.

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Virtually every facet of our lives, from banking to corresponding with friends to planning events and buying products, is conducted through the internet. This adds up to reams of useful information in the hands of cyber criminals – if they can get their hands on any of it. Needless to say, ensuring the cloud storage systems you depend on are backed by state of the art security is essential for preventing data theft.

While worrying about the cloud and safeguarding the home computer from hackers with firewall protection are responsible steps towards maintaining data security, there are other angles which remain to be covered. The primary one is whether or not your data is secure on the go.

The aforementioned availability of flash drives means large amounts of data can be transported on a keychain. However, the vulnerabilities of these standard flash drives are apparent. Simply plug a flash drive into the USB and the files are almost always accessible – no matter who the user is on the other side.

Men and women in the habit of taking sensitive data with them on the go need a product with a little more security. In such situations, an encrypted USB flash drive is the ideal solution. Imagine a flash drive with a numbered keypad along the exterior, thereby requiring authorization to access. Furthermore, a heavy duty flash drive such as this will likely be water resistant and capable of holding up against dust. This means data is secure even in situations where accidental spills or misplacement occur.

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Despite investing in secure on the go data storage, it’s still a smart idea to backup important files online on a regular basis. If the data is especially sensitive, however, then it’s recommended to encrypt the remotely stored data as well. Failure to do so can lead to ransomware threats to businesses and individuals.

The age of the cloud means men and women aren’t as concerned about protecting their data as we were 20, 10, or even 5 years ago. Too often, this laid back attitude leads to compromised data, especially when people opt for unprotected flash drives and unvetted remote storage. Staying informed and being proactive in matters of data security will help keep families and businesses free from cybercrime and unauthorized access.

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