Do you know how to prevent the loss of important files?

From the loss of high-quality photos of our lives to the loss of invaluable business records, if you have not backed up the impact is huge.

Imagine losing the file you just prepared to hand over to your client or employer, or the file with the documents needed to apply for a grant or loan, or even your university job.

If this is not the case for you, imagine losing photos or videos of your childhood, important personal moments, or family members who have already left. Can you recreate these memories?

According to Amer Owaida, a member of the community of the international cybersecurity company ESET, if time went back, here's what you could do to prevent this from happening in the future.

First of all, do you know how your data can be lost?

There are many ways in which you could lose your valuable data. Some you can avoid, while others not so much.

They may, for example, steal your device, or you or someone in your environment may accidentally spill liquid on the device, such as water or coffee, or your device may fall from a great height. Doing so could cause mechanical damage to your device. And of course, it is not uncommon for devices to malfunction due to either age or a manufacturing defect affecting a particular component, such as overheating your hard drive.

Η διακοπή ρεύματος είναι επίσης κάτι που μπορεί να συμβεί, πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι εάν εργάζεστε σε επιτραπέζιο υπολογιστή, θα μπορούσατε εν ριπή οφθαλμού να χάσετε τα δεδομένα στα οποία εργάζεστε. Θα πρέπει επίσης να λάβετε υπόψη το ανθρώπινο σφάλμα, το οποίο θα μπορούσε να οδηγήσει σε διαγραφή αρχείων ή να προκαλέσει μια συμβάντων που θα μπορούσαν να οδηγήσουν ακόμη και στην πλήρη διαγραφή της συσκευής σας.

Σύμφωνα με τον Amer Owaida, Security Writer στην ESET, αυτοί είναι κάποιοι απρόβλεπτοι παράγοντες, όμως υπάρχουν και κάποιοι άλλοι που μπορούν να προβλεφθούν, όπως παραδείγματος χάρη να μολυνθεί η συσκευή σας με .

Depending on the malware, the data on your computer could either be completely erased, corrupted, or - if ransomware happens to you - it may be "locked in" and you may be asked to pay a "ransom" to recover it.

All of this can be avoided if you use a complete security solution and if you apply cyber security best practices.

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If your data has been accidentally deleted:

• Stop using the device immediately, but do not switch it off.
• If it is currently powered by a battery, insert the device into the charger.
• αποσυνδεθείτε από το δίκτυο – εάν η συσκευή διαθέτει “λειτουργία ς” ή παρόμοιο πρόγραμμα ενεργοποιήστε το και, στη συνέχεια, βάλτε τη συσκευή σε “κατάσταση αναστολής λειτουργίας”.

However, if liquid has been spilled on the device:

• turn it off immediately and
• try to dry it quickly with a soft dry cloth
• If an external media is connected, disconnect it and dry it as well
• Allow the appliance to dry completely for a few days.
• depending on the size of the damage you may need to consult a professional

Fortunately, even if one of these scenarios happens, there are ways you can try to recover your data.

If, again, your device is infected with ransomware:

• you may be able to find free decryptors tools created by security companies to deal with various programs
• you can also try to restore your data using various recovery tools developed specifically for this purpose
• αυτά τα βοηθητικά μπορούν είτε να προέρχονται από τον κατασκευαστή της συσκευής σας είτε να έχουν αναπτυχθεί από τον κατασκευαστή των εξαρτημάτων ή εναλλακτικά, μπορείτε να βασιστείτε σε λογισμικό τρίτων που μπορεί να αφορά συγκεκριμένα λειτουργικά συστήματα ή συσκευές.

If you have exhausted all the options or you feel that you do not have enough knowledge, then you can call "the cavalry", ie a data recovery specialist.

However, consider it your last resort and it can cost you hundreds or even thousands of euros to restore your data.

It is also worth noting that if you try to do any recovery on your own without success, this can then reduce the chances of recovery by a professional.

Ανάλογα με τον τύπο της συσκευής και τον τύπο της βλάβης, τέτοιες υπηρεσίες μπορεί να προσφέρονται μέσω απομακρυσμένης ς στη συσκευή σας ή μπορεί να απαιτηθεί από εσάς να μεταφέρεται ή να αποστείλετε τη συσκευή στην υπηρεσία ανάκτησης.

If you consider this option, contact the service as soon as possible, as its staff will be able to advise you on what is best to do with your device after a data loss event.

In conclusion

Ένα πράγμα είναι σίγουρο: «η πρόληψη είναι καλύτερη από τη θεραπεία». Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο, η αντιγράφων ασφαλείας των ευαίσθητων και σημαντικών δεδομένων σας σε τακτά χρονικά διαστήματα, ώστε να έχετε πάντα τη δυνατότητα επαναφοράς, είναι προτιμότερη από την ανάκτηση χαμένων δεδομένων, συμβουλεύει ο Security Writer της ESET και προσθέτει:

"The best thing you can do is use many forms of storage, such as a reliable cloud solution, to have data whenever you need it, and offline physical storage devices, such as external drives. "It would be good to encrypt all your data before storing it anywhere, so that even if someone steals backups in the cloud or on your external drives, your data will remain protected." The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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