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Best way to secure important documents

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  1. mattytun

    mattytun Thread Starter

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    Hi what is the best way to secure importing documents online from threats.

    Should I upload to the cloud or is there something else you recommend.
     
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Important Documents or Importing Documents?

    What kind of threats are you concerned about?
     
  3. mattytun

    mattytun Thread Starter

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    Hi, the best way to secure important files.

    I do have Norton security.
     
  4. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Losing them because of a failed hard drive?
    Malware deleting, stealing, or ransoming the files?
    Prevent other people using the same computer from deleting/opening/editing them?
    Something else?

    What are the file formats of the documents?
     
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    mattytun Thread Starter

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    Hi, the file format is JPEG and text documents im the only person that has access to the computer.

    I want the files secure from malware

    something like this https://www.newsoftwares.net/folderlock/
     
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    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    If I were in your position, I would be backing up the files to two USB connected storage devices that would connect to the computer one at a time and only during backups and any file recovery.

    If the drives were always connected to the computer, any malware that installed itself on the computer could try to delete or encrypt for ransom any files on USB connected devices. I do not use cloud storage and do not know if there is any way future malware on a computer could access files in the cloud.

    Sequential backups to two storage devices would offer protection should some malware be configured to strike during the backup.

    That is my $0.02 worth of how I would handle the backups to protect files from malware. I am sure other members here may have suggestions that are as good as or better than mine.
     
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    Ok thank you for your very kind help.
     
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    You're welcome. (y)
     
  9. lunarlander

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    There are 3 things you might care about when talking about security. Availability, Confidentiality, and Integrity.

    Availability was covered by cwwozniak. Availability is the ability to access the documents when you need it. So such things as malicious deletion of files, or encryption for ransom are things this dimension covers.

    Confidentiality is keeping secret things secret, not allowing anyone to view, copy and steal your files ( which may be trade secrets )

    Integrity is making sure the files aren't modified maliciously or accidentally.

    Which of these dimensions do you care about the most? Rank them in order please.
     
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    { IMHO } Simple - Don't store PII and Personal Data on the web. Don't fall for the "Cloud" hype.

    Use removable media and store your data on it so you have full control over that data.

    You can encrypt the data, you can store the data in a Password Protected Archive file using a Strong Password and you can store the media in a safe. However you do it, keep it local and under your control and backup your data often. USB Hard disks are large and inexpensive. You can also encrypt MS Word and Excel files with a Strong Password so one can't open them without that password.

    You can also implement the concept of a double wrapper. Encrypt MS Word and Excel files with a Strong Password and store them in a Password Protected Archive file using a Strong Password.

    My credo has always been...
    Hardware is cheap. Data is expensive.
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    Your data is only as good as your last backup.
     
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    Dlipman,

    What is the purpose of posting four links in your text to the same Wiikpedia page regarding password strength?
     
  12. dlipman

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    Defining "Password strength" through an authoritative source. Since it was repeated, I copied the link.

    I see no detriment to that action.
     
  13. crjdriver

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    Just my opinion; I make multiple backups on separate media. The ONLY thing I trust is/are the backups I hold. Backing up to an online service is fine as long as you hold a separate backup of the same data. One of those external drives I use is stored in my gun safe. It might be overkill however it only takes one time losing important records to make you paranoid about backups.
     
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    "Backing up to an online service is fine..."
    Assuming it is not compromised by a third party which has a higher propensity than that which is physically under your control. Hosting it online is giving up that personal control.
     
  15. crjdriver

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    Did you read what I said? Making a backup to an online service is fine IF you have another backup of the same data. I only trust a backup I hold. If you want an additional backup, I see nothing wrong with using an online service.
    If you read what the poster asked, he is concerned about malware. With multiple backups of the same data, that should not be a problem.
     
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