File Protection

Written by Serena Berger
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File protection is becoming an issue of critical importance as we become more reliant on computers in all aspects of our lives. Some people keep all of their financial records on their computers. If they were to lose these records, it would be a nightmare to attempt to compile all the information that had been lost. Depending on your job, you might do all of your work on the computer. Losing your files could set you back months if you did not have a backup copy.

Loss of data could result from a number of inadvertent factors such as your hard disk malfunctioning or a power surge. The only way around such unexpected events is to back your files up on a regular basis. There are other events, however, against which you can take a proactive approach to protect your files.

File Protection against Viruses and Worms

Viruses and worms seem to have a knack for finding flaws in systems' security--that is what they are designed to do. An antivirus program is the most basic step that you should take toward protecting your files. While most antivirus programs rely on rules to identify known viruses, others are more flexible and allow you greater control.

Some worms and viruses may try to access other programs or the Internet. Next generation file protection programs have rules that govern which programs can access the Internet or make changes to your files. When an unauthorized program attempts to run, these file protection programs will block it and prompt you for authorization. These packages provide the most comprehensive protection for your files, but you should supplement them by regularly backing up files that are important.

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