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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Explore additional Security features for your data

Hackers not only target user computers , they also pose a threat to your potential files.We as users are responsible for all our dealings and keep our files secure. There are built in features in windows which can help to add a layer of security to your files and folders. These are just ways to work in a
more secure environment.

You might have come across words like encryption or filesystem . Lets see whether they are any good to protect yourself on or off line.

1. The file encryption 
 This is a popular way to prevent any data loss. Many People actually don't know about it and its relevance. Well in short File encryption is done to prevent unauthorized users to get to your files.
The encrypted files are not easy to crack as they cannot be read by any users. The file is only accessible to the current user.Even when there are more users of your computer they won't have access to every encrypted files.
So lets summarize the points once again which will be helpful:

i)File encryption allows you to protect files and folders from unauthorized access.
ii)Permissions can be set on individual files, as well as on folders.
iii)Disk quotas allow you to monitor and control the amount of disk space used by individual users.

Recovery logging of disk activities helps restore information quickly in the event of power failure or other system problems.

2. Choice of Filesystems
Users have a myriad of choices when it comes to filesystem. So what is a filesystem . You can head over to this link File system in description.. Which filesystem you prefer is solely your choice. Windows users have two choices. The best is NTFS Filesystem. It is a more secure and robust filesystem over FAT32. Further file encryption is only supported in NTFS.   You can readily convert
from a FAT 32 to NTFS in seconds.

3. Choice of Antivirus and other suites
I think most users do  use a poor quality antivirus as these cheap antiviruses don't serve any purpose. But there are also free solutions which can give you more solutions than a commercial one.
For example  Avira or Avast antivirus. These antivirus don't have an armor of features but they are really effective for average users.  

For a more comprehensive guide on various antiviruses head over to online security and browsers

I know there are many more plethora of option for adding security to files but these will just get you started and if you like my blog don't forget to subscribe to my trendy newsletter. Looking forward to your suggestions.Look for all how to guides in my how to guide. Please comment whether you like this article. Your feedback is valuable for further improvements.

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