On March 31st, it is the World Backup Day. For the occasion, Ermes Cyber Security has compiled a handbook to secure its data. Eight tips in the backup theme, from the

The World Backup Day of March 31 is celebrated to underline the importance of securing and saving your data from viruses, thefts and failures. Backing up, or making a security copy of your files, is a simple procedure, but often ignored by the most.

Ermes cites studies that report that more than 1.8 zettabytes of files are generated every year in the world. But almost 30% of people have never, even once, made a backup copy of such data.

Therefore, on the World Backup Day, Ermes Cyber Security offers eight tips to secure your data.

Eight tips to secure data

1. Save data three times

The data should be saved three times.

The first in the device you usually use and the other two on separate storage devices. So you can always have at least one recoverable memory.

2. Use two different media

To make backups it is advisable to use two different technologies, so two different types of devices, such as hard drives and USBs. This is to reduce the possibility of losing data if, for example, a hard drive match proves to have factory problems.

In addition, one of the storage devices should preferably be located away from the main. This is to prevent a theft or fire from accessing both backups.

3. Trust the cloud

In addition to local backup on external memory, the ideal would be to make one of three backups on online cloud platforms. Like, for example, Dropbox, Drive, iCloud. They are not bound to a single device and allow you to recover data even remotely.

4. Crypt where possible and choose complex passwords

Both to encrypt backups on physical media and, above all, to protect cloud platform accounts, it is good to set up complex passwords. Using 8 to 10 characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

5. Test for data recovery

To rule 3-2-1 you can add also the zero rule, which stands for Backup is not enough to be quiet. We must also make sure that these have been successful and that they do not contain errors.

Data storage, especially when done with ad hoc software, is unlikely to succeed. On the contrary, it is precisely the restoration of the same that can give problems. It’s always better to take tests before it’s too late.

6. Leave the dirty work to the computers

Doing the manually backup of large amounts of data is a challenging, frustrating and definitely time consuming job. For this reason it is better to rely on software that can save us regularly.

Such programs are able to copy data invisibly, working in the background. And often incrementally, i.e. without the need to save all the data we have every time, but simply by updating the archives with the latest changes.

7. Do not save

It is not appropriate to aim for savings when the work of a lifetime is at stake. Avoid media that deteriorate easily over time, such as CD or Blu-Ray. Choose a latest-generation hard drive, maybe an SSD or even a pen drive, while also paying attention to choosing reliable brands.

8. Do not delay

The most important advice regarding backups is not to postpone to tomorrow what you can do today. Although expensive and well-built, computers remain machines and, as such, are victims of wear, defects and bugs.

If you are working on an important project or just finished tidying up your holiday photos, the best time to back up is always today.

Ermes Cyber Security

Hassan Metwalley, founder of Ermes Cyber Security, adds some considerations: ♪Great part of our life is now stored in servers or hard drives but it may happen that their devices are broken or lost, stolen In the case of companies, these events represent a very serious damage both from the economic point of view (with the risk of seeing whole months of work deleted) and d’immagine: for this reason it is more than ever necessary to make regular backups in which to be able To start backuping, follow the so-called backup rule 3-2-1 menu: save data 3 times, use 2 different technologies, keep 1 backup out of office or home environment.

Ermes Cyber Security is a spin-off startup by the Turin Polytechnic, founded on years of research on privacy and web tracking.

More information about its activities is available on the company’s website at this link.

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