Top Security Tips For Protecting Data on New Devices

If you have just purchased a new iOS or Android device, you will absolutely want to protect all of the data and files that will come your way. It’s important to set up your security and data backup settings first, before you start using your device, to ensure that you don’t lose anything important. Although you can recover lost data, it helps to have everything backed up because some corrupted data can never be restored.

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Create a Passcode

If you want your data to be secure, set up a passcode to ensure that no one can access your phone except for you and the people you allow access to. You can easily do this in the settings menu of your iOS or Android device.

If you are using iOS, you can also enable the auto-wipe option which will erase all of the data from your device after ten incorrect passcode guesses so that no one can access the information except by accessing your backup in iTunes or iCloud.

Set up your Backup (iOS)

Backing up the information on your phone is as simple as it is important. This prevents any hassles and potentially unrecoverable files later on.

If you are using iOS, you can easily create a backup with iCloud or iTunes. If you have iCloud set up on your device (requires iOS 5 or later version), your data will be backed up regularly if you are connected to Wi-Fi and a power source. You can also access iCloud and sync your data manually so you don’t have to wait for the backup operation to start. You can also create a backup in iTunes by clicking the Back Up option in the device menu.

Set up your Backup (Android)

Android makes backing up your data easy as well since your apps and files are all tied to your Gmail username and not simply your device. The account automatically backs up your contacts, emails, events, tasks, and apps which you can then access by simply logging into Android with your Gmail info.

This does not backup your text messages, files, or media. Many phone manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, and Motorola provide a backup sync to protect any information and files not backed up by the Android backup manager. You can also use an application like MyBackup Pro or Titanium Backup to clone your phone and SD card contents and retrieve them if you ever lose anything.

Use a Cloud App

Applications like DropBox and Google Drive allow you to easily upload any important files and access them later on from any device. If you want to go the extra step in ensuring that you can always access the data and files you need, simply download the DropBox or Google Drive app and upload anything you need.

Use a Data Recovery Tool

If you have backed up your iOS device, you can easily retrieve any lost data using iCloud or iTunes. If you have backed up your Android device, you can easily use that application to retrieve any lost data. If you haven’t backed up your iOS device, you can use a data recover tool like Recuva to attempt to retrieve the lost contents of your phone or SD card. Not all files are recoverable but you will find that Recuva can get most of your files back in their original quality.

Raymond Ray is an electrical engineer at SalvageData which provides data recovery services around the world. Raymond enjoys writing and sharing about data recovery and security. Join him at Google+.

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