Back it up
To make sure your private information stays safe, we recommend using a twofold strategy, which should include combining an external hard drive usage with an online backup service. Before jumping to the list of available online backup services below, we have to point out the necessity to select one which provides
- stability (so look for a big company name)
- ease of use (so you won’t have a headache backing up from files)
- the possibility to synchronise your files with the online backup servers>
- some sort of security, such as encryption capabilities.
Just because it’s free, it doesn’t mean it’s safe
As a rule of thumb, paid software is almost always secure and safe. It wouldn’t make sense for a cybercriminal to limit the number of victims by imposing a paywall. Double check free software using Google, especially if it’s not a well-known one, such as WinRAR.
This filtering process can expose bad reviews, or reveal that the free software is actually a vehicle for malware. While the free software itself might be safe and legit, the website itself may try to compromise your security through drive-by downloads. These are secret downloads carried in the background, that target software vulnerabilities and system exploits.
Make sure you use a trusted, free program that automatically updates your vulnerable software applications to close security holes in your system.