Maintaining Computer Confidentiality

Vital tips to save your confidential files

If you want to have your data privacy secured, the watchword is computer confidentiality. Everything these days is stored in files – lots of different formats, archived or not. Chances are you store information on your PC about your credit cards, bank accounts, passwords for online banking. All these are at risk of being stolen and used for every type of cyber crime you can imagine – from identity theft to sponsoring world terrorism. In a case like this, is it wrong to state that the need to make computer confidentiality part and parcel of your daily living has become increasingly urgent? In this article we will discuss:

 

  • Main risks for your confidential files

  • Simple ways to protect your files

  • What not to keep in your PC’s hard drive


Main risks for your confidential files


The main risk for the security of your files is backdoor program and hackers. Almost all cases of stealing information include using some kind of backdoor program. It is a program that gives another person access to your system, over the Internet or the local network, with the ability to see your files and copy them freely. Such kind of program does not come from nowhere to your computer. It, in the common case, had been started from the user himself. You receive interesting greeting card in your e-mail, you click it. That is it; your computer is already infected. To secure the data on your PC, don't open files that come from the Internet. Regularly updated antivirus program will, in most cases, stop the malicious program from installing and alert you. Another risk is direct stealing of files from your computer. Anyone that has access to it and a flash drive can copy everything from your PC. One of the solutions is to not allow access to your PC without your presence to anyone.

Simple ways to protect your files


With extreme care or not – your files can be stolen, your confidentiality broken. To avoid this – there are relatively simple ways to protect the data. First and easiest way is to use some kind of archiver that supports password protected archives. There are lots of these, just search online and download any. Archiving is time consuming, but if you keep all sensitive information archived with strong password, even if it gets stolen, no one will be able to use it. Another way is to use special program that creates safe place on the hard drive of your PC for your files. It can be accessed with password, or hardware key. Though more complicated, this way of protection can save your time, protecting your files is as easy as copying them to the safe place.
What not to keep on your PC’s hard drive

You should never keep some files on your PC’s hard drive. Anything that resembles a list of credit or debit card numbers and PIN codes will probably be stolen first. Any kind of sensitive personal or business information has no place on your PC’s hard drive if you don't protect it.
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