Everyone has something to hide, or at least, something that should not get to the public. It doesn’t have to be something discriminating; some ghostwriters and CIA agents have classified files they wouldn’t want to expose because of the nature of their jobs.
That is not the only reason for protecting your files, however. Some certain types of malware, worms, and viruses may get to your computer and start eating through your drive.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather keep my work documents safe before I have to explain why all my work is being rejected in the system. There is a certain type of Worm-Trojan combo that hides all your files as it infects them.
The Trojan gets itself deep into the system and embeds itself in the Windows Shell. This means that you will have to format your whole system before you commence the file recovery. Any file you had in the system partition will get lost together with the rest of everything.
You can prevent this type of infection on your PC. Since you may have different preferences on how you need to store your data, here are 5 ways you can protect your files.
Archiving in ISO Files
ISO files are archives that are resilient to virus infection. They are like DVDs that have been burnt and finalized, hence there is no way a virus could embed itself into the data. Most people prefer to zip their files, but that just archives them.
The only way to ensure that local threats will not affect the local files is by storing the data in inaccessible archives.
Installing Antivirus/ Antimalware Software
With an antimalware software, you do not need to archive your files every time you get new ones. Archiving the files in archives like ISOs and NRGs is a great idea until you need a flexible archive that can take in more and more data.
As opposed to zip files, the secure archives do not add more data to the available data. This makes it annoying to archive new files as you have to create different archives each time.
With an antivirus protection, however, you don’t have to worry about any infection as the threats are deleted before they spread.
Any computer expert… or just anyone living in 2018 knows that an antivirus is an important part of the system. A person may forgo the installation of an antimalware since most of them slow down their PCs. Finding the best antimalware for your PC may take a while… unless someone points you in the right direction.
Saving Files on Cloud
Cloud services are becoming popular every single second that passes by. Not only does it help in keeping files permanently, but also creates a pool of resources for developers.
Major cloud service providers like Google and Microsoft ensure that their servers are highly secured from any type of threat that may lead to data loss.
Your files are therefore going to be totally secured for as long as you need them, which is usually an eternity.
Encrypting Your Hard Drive
With an encrypted hard drive, hackers will find it difficult to steal data from you. Windows automatically encrypts your network connection for you, but you have to decide whether you need to encrypt your hard drive or not.
The OS does not encrypt the contents of the drive because some users may find the decryption process tiresome. Instead of encrypting the whole of your hard drive, you can just encrypt a portion of it.
There are some certain software programs that handle this task for you, so through that “AES for dummies” book away.
If you are in love with windows, you can just use the inbuilt encryption program called BitLocker. If you need personalized software, then disk utility software should do the trick.
The nature and sources of threats change every day. You cannot expect Microsoft to keep changing your firewall settings each time a source is detected. What you can do, is altering the firewall settings for brute protection.
The default firewall gives you the chance to change the inbound and outbound transfer protocols separately. You can, therefore, allow data to flow in and none to come out and vice versa.
Guest Author: Mohit Sharma. With a strong passion for cyber security, I am a content writer at Malware Fox and would like to invite you on this learning journey where we will explore the latest technology and hot cybersecurity topics to stay secure and vigilant against all forms of cyber attacks.