The explosion in popularity, and subsequent near universal adoption, of mobile devices over the last five years has had a real impact on the world – it has changed the way that we communicate, the way we access information, the ways in which we keep ourselves entertained, and the ways in which we do business. The smart device has put a computer in nearly every pocket, changed the user experience that individuals are accustomed to when interacting with computing devices, and changed the way that media is consumed. These devices, too, have changed the ways in which data is stored and accessed, and yet, this has led to new risks. Thankfully, there are ways to mitigate these risks – if you follow them.
A New Storage Solution for a New Age
Before smart devices became commonplace (even after the Internet had already taken a stronghold on the public psyche), much of our personal data was still stored locally, on internal and external hard drives, thumb drives, and even the occasional data disc. Raise your hand if you still have some CD-Rs sitting at the back of your shelf with old photos, files, and mp3s stored on them – go ahead, nobody’s looking. With the advent of the smart mobile device though, these traditional methods no longer sufficed, and thus, the much-vaunted Cloud was created.
The Cloud offers numerous benefits: it lets you sync multiple devices so that you can access information anywhere, at any time; it enables you to do more with less, as internal storage capacity is now no longer such a priority; and it enables you to store more data than ever, as Cloud-based storage often amounts to terabytes worth of data. Put simply, the Cloud enables you to live the smart life that your various smart devices have been promising all along.
But it’s not all sugar plums and gumdrops – because your information is now stored de-centrally, in the Cloud, you need to take extra precautions to secure it across your synced devices, or else face the risk of this information becoming compromised. Here’s how.
How You Can Protect Your Data – And Your Identity
A little bit of due diligence can go a long way when it comest to protecting your information across synced devices. Consider taking these simple yet effective steps:
Use a Strong Password
Often the simplest solution is the best one. Ditch the “password” as password routine and you’re half-way there. Just as locking your car door will deter all but the most dedicated of car thieves, so too will having a strong password deter all but the most dedicated of hackers.
Lock Your Device
All smart devices, from smartphones to tablets, feature a lock option to keep them away from prying eyes – use it.
Be Mindful of Sensitive Information
As recent celebrity phone hacks have shown, information that makes it to the Cloud is vulnerable, even when the most stringent precautions are taken. For information (or photos) that is truly sensitive, consider storing it locally only. Which brings us to…
Back Up Your Data
The Cloud offers tremendous benefits, but you may not want to rely upon it alone. Consider backing up your data to a hard drive for extra safekeeping. When it comes to important information, you can’t be too cautious.
Install Security Software
You may not realize it, but security software isn’t just for PCs. There are a number of different software options that offer both universal and device-specific protection. Consider investing in one and taking that extra step to safeguarding your information.
On Your Way to a Secure Future
Living a smart life can sometimes seem like more trouble than it’s worth; after all, isn’t the point of all of these smart devices to make our lives easier, not harder? And yet, if you take simple yet effective steps to make the most out of your sync devices – and protect your information in the process – you will find that the so-called “smart life” truly lives up to its name. Start living it today.