Regardless of the whether you take photos for business or personal use, you stand to benefit greatly from enhancing your computer’s security and changing your habits when it comes to storing your digital photos. This is with good reason, as there are plenty of hackers and other cybercriminals out on the internet who would like nothing better than to find personal information or photos that they can sell to the highest bidder or pass off as their own.
Here are a few tips that will help you keep your digital photos safe:
If all of your photos are on your computer or will eventually be placed on your computer, then your computer should be kept as safe as possible. To do this, you need to remember all of the basics of internet and computer security and do a review of everything you are doing.
Some of the basic things that you should be doing are setting good passwords on all of your major accounts, making sure you have security questions no one can guess, using an internet security suite, only using websites that you can trust, and doing a review at regular intervals to clean out useless programs and files and remind you where everything is.
Use a VPN
At times you will feel inspiration outside of the home and need to take photographs of work or inspiration while out on the town. This is great, but you need to be wary of using public networks when you want to keep your photos safe from any onlookers or hackers. They can use a very simple setup to intercept and take in all of the data sent over an unsafe network, including passwords to accounts and photos.
The best way to defend yourself is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which will protect whatever you send over a public network by connecting your smartphone or laptop to an offsite server using an encrypted connection, meaning that no one will be able to see or know anything regarding your internet usage. It is not too expensive, considering the other benefits such asgetting around regional restrictions should you take your smartphone with you while you travel. There are a number out there, so you will want to take a look at some expert opinions as to which ones are the best.
Physical Storage is Best
Would you give over a physical item you made to be taken into an offsite facility for storage, with the promise that you could get it back whenever you wanted? Would you trust them over yourself? This is why you shouldn’t trust any sensitive or important photos to cloud storage services. They have proven themselves to be unreliable when it comes to sensitive data, so trust yourself and use physical media instead.
You will have to decide which physical media is best for you. Disks are easily broken and other solutions have become much cheaper. Flash drives are great for those who are looking to transport their files around or don’t have too many photos. They are also getting increasingly less expensive. For a large collection of photos, an external hard drive will be your best choice.
Backup Everything Quickly
Something is going to inevitably happen to your computer or camera. There is no way to avoid it, but you can prepare. When you put your digital photos onto your computer, try to also immediately put them on another drive as well for the sake of redundancy. Also note that if you do not update your backups frequently, it won’t be any better than not having any at all. Set up a schedule so that at least once a week you are bringing all backups up to date.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you never have any security issues you aren’t prepared for.
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