Removable Media Security Tips

Are you tired of getting viruses on your computer? Are you exhausted because of your computer’s slow speed and poor performance?

According to an estimate, millions of computers are infected every day by removable media. Many companies are on the verge of collapsing because their employees are not handling their data properly. Today I will give you some removable media security tips that will ensure the security of your personal computer and data.

The most common removable media device used nowadays is the USB or thumb drive. They are small and can fit anywhere, they are portable so that you can carry them anywhere, and they are straightforward to use, so anyone having very little knowledge about computers can use them. You can transfer GBs of data within a few minutes. Other popular devices used are external hard drives, memory cards, rewritable CDs, and DVDs. These devices are being extensively used in large companies and organizations to transfer data and information, much of which can be extremely sensitive and personal. Apart from the data, USB drives and memory cards are significant contributors to spreading viruses, worms, Trojans, and malicious programs.

Specially engineered viruses and trojans copy themselves to the USB device as you plug it into your PC. The same virus automatically replicates itself to another PC when the USB is plugged into it. So if you want to protect your computer from viruses that spread through removable media devices and you also want to protect the data that you saved on a USB or any other removable media device, then you should follow these removable media security tips:

1:Removable media devices are small, so it is essential to keep physical control over them. Always keep them in a safe place with you. Never leave your device unattended in a public home.

2: If you are storing sensitive data like a business proposal or your account information, you must keep a backup of the data you copied on your device.

3: Keep your data devices separate from the business or office data devices. USBs, DVDs, CDs, and memory cards all are cheap, and you can afford to buy them in bulk.

4: Removable devices are sensitive, and you may lose your data if you handle them carelessly. Follow proper instructions while using these devices.

5: There are numerous security software programs to download and use to lock your USB device or external hard drive. If you are storing sensitive data, you must use one of these software programs.

6: While storing sensitive information and personal data, you should consider encrypting the data before saving it on your device. Especially when you are keeping user Ids or\and passwords then, encrypting the data becomes extremely important.

7: When you plug in a USB device or any other removable media device that has been used with another computer, it’s always a good idea to scan it with an antivirus program before opening it. Here you can find the best antivirus programs to check the data in our antivirus reviews section.

8: Disable the autorun feature of your operating system.

Keep these removable media security tips in mind, and you will keep your data secure!