Operating systems and applications can always be reinstalled, but your data is unique, making it the most important thing on your computer or network to protect.

  • Set permissions on the data files and folders.

  • Some data is confidential; not only do you not want to lose it, you don’t want others to even view it without authorisation.

    • Use removable storage for the most sensitive data (such as database and key files for password managers)

    • Use file encryption

    • Use disk encryption

  • Assume data loss is inevitable. It’s not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. You best protect your data with a solid backup strategy.

    • Make a backup of your entire system or synchronise files with a remote system

    • If you make a backup of a system for the first time to be able to restore a system from (the whole point of it), test it with an actual restore. Having done so helps in staying calm when the **** hits the fan.

  • You may wish to shred and delete data and not have it found by anyone.

  • Keep your authentication data in a password manager (on a local usb stick)

Workstations and PC’s