When you think about how valuable your computer is this it does not even come close to how costly the data you have created is. This data spells time and many man hours and probably a lot of research and analysis whose price cannot be quantified until you see the results. The reason for having a computer in the first place, is the data which is contained inside the equipment. All other things contained inside, from the operating system to the software and programs are replaceable. This is the reason why data protection is very important because it gives you piece of mind that your reports and other files will always be available when you need them and in the format that you created them.
Apart from losing data, there is some information that is private and you would not want people to come across it or have access to it. Here are ways of protecting your data from loss as well as from unauthorized access:
Creating backups for your files regularly and early helps you to always have another copy of your work somewhere, just in case the main document gets lost. You never can tell when your computer is going to crash and then you are left with nothing after hard work for days, weeks, months or even years. Regular backup of files helps you to save on energy and time. What you will lose is only what you had not saved at the time of loss.
To prevent unauthorized access to your files, the cheapest way is to create permission levels on the data folders and files you want restricted. However, if you share a computer with someone, it might be more effective to lock your documents with a password.
We have all heard cases of emails being intercepted and valuable information which is sent over the internet getting into wrong hands and what the outcome has been. While it may not be possible to totally avoid sending information over the internet, there are systems that can be set up to protect data on transit. So as to protect your data when it is being transmitted electronically, you may use IP security. It is important that both the sending and receiving systems support this for it to be effective. Some operating systems have in built support for the IP security option and these are the best to consider if data security is a hearty issue for you. IT companies are also able to provide security services and you might want to work with an experienced and serious company.