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Keeping Secure: 8 Awesome Ways to Help You Make Your Data Safe

Keeping Secure: 8 Awesome Ways to Help You Make Your Data Safe

If you read about the rate at which data of the world is increasing on a second and minute basis, you will be surprised how everyone is managing to store this data. At times it seems the world will run out of solutions to storing data pretty soon looking at the alarming rate of increase of data.

Think about the devices capturing data every second of the day. You have your barcode scanners, CCTV cameras, mobile phone cameras, computers, body scanners at airports, ultrasound machines, etc. are just a few of the millions of devices capturing loads and loads of data at any given moment.

Whether you own a large enterprise, a small business or you are just a person sitting at home with a personal computer, data security is an extremely important factor to consider. While data security is crucial for every person who has some sensitive data to protect, its importance is much higher for businesses because businesses hold sensitive data of other thousands and millions of customers. If you own a business and there is data that needs protection, make sure you take a step right now. Here are some tips to help you make your data secure:

1. Update Your Softwares

Most people think of protecting data in terms of hiding their photos, pictures, files and sheets in a way they are not disclosed to anyone but them. However, protection of data includes a lot of other things.

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The most important thing is protecting your softwares, applications and tools as soon as their updates arrive. Old softwares with vulnerabilities are the best places for hackers to get into your systems. There is a reason why companies are sending updates for their softwares constantly. While improving on other things, they are also getting rid of the vulnerabilities of the past versions of their softwares.

2. Encrypt The Data

Whatever sensitive information you have on your computers, it needs to be protected through encryption. There are many tools you can use for encryption purposes. It does not matter where you keep those sensitive files and data, once things are encrypted you can be rest assured no one can meddle with them.

Encrypted files can be kept on your own computer, stored on external storage devices for future use or uploaded in the cloud so you can access the data whenever you want. Make sure to use a reliable software for encryption purposes.

3. Monitor Employees

It is not to say that all employees are bad but people who have bad intentions don’t have any particular signs on their face to recognize them. You can install certain softwares to make sure no employee at your workplace is compromising on the security of your data.

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You can also hand over smartphones to them and install spyware software tools that can monitor their activities on the phones you have given them. You can restrict their access to certain websites or use softwares that record whatever is happening on the screen. Some screenshot softwares can be used to take shots of the screen.

4. Backup

The most important thing for any data’s safety is its backup. No matter what measures you take, things can go wrong at any time. Even the biggest tech giants of the world, whose security solutions are trusted by millions around the world, have been attacked by cybercriminals.

Should someone get access to your sensitive data and wash it out completely, your backups will save you from going out of business. You can save these backups on external devices. To make it more affordable you can put your backups in the cloud for monthly or yearly subscriptions.

5. Secure With Antivirus

Of course, how could you ever forget the importance of installing an antivirus? There are many different antivirus softwares to choose from. You have to look for one that provides the best solution for businesses. Do not rely on demos and trials because they lack many of the most important features.

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Do not go for an antivirus company that is more known for making antivirus for personal computers. Look for an antivirus solution from a company that’s known for making antivirus softwares for commercial use. Have it installed on your entire system for protection against viruses, malwares, spywares, adwares, Trojans, etc.

6. Work With IT Experts

One great way to take care of the whole security related problem is to get in touch with the professional IT experts. Working with IT experts ensures that professionals are doing their job and you can focus on yours.

They know not only the best softwares but also the best practices to keep your data and system protected against any cyberattacks. IT companies that provide such services can help you in many different ways. They provide advisory, monitoring and technical services so your systems can be secured not only today but for tomorrow as well.

7. Use Strong Passwords

It does not matter how insignificant some online services is for you, when it comes to choosing a password you have to make sure to pick a strong one. What you might not realize is that hackers can find a loophole in one of your accounts and access all of your other online accounts using just one.

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The big problem here is how one can remember so many passwords. The best way to deal with this problem is to use a software tool that not only allows you to store your passwords but generates random and difficult passwords too.

8. Be Intelligent

You are the most important link to all of these things. If you don’t go for best practices to secure your data, nothing will work. Make sure you log out from your accounts when you leave the computer.

Make sure to lock the computer when you leave your seat. Do not open any unknown links that come to you in emails or even on instant messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp, etc. Do not download softwares from third parties. Don’t be alarmed if some random website tells you that your computer is at risk and asks you to install some random antivirus software.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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