Your flash drive is the second home for your confidential files and documents. It’s the first thing you need in case your computer crashes – or you can’t access the PC for some other reason. No wonder, akin to your computer, your USB drive too calls for strict safety measures. There is a no elaborate maintenance routine here. Rather, you will only need to follow a handful of simple smart steps to keep the drive in order. The post below offers a brief on the safety tips to adopt to ensure strongest protection of your flash drive.
Never edit directly on drive
Do you often make edits directly on your drive? Please don’t- it’s because repeated edits, changes or saves to same files here gobbles up the limited number of writes/reads capacity of the drive. In other words, these kinds of activities only shorten down the lifespan of your USB flash drive.
It’s better to create scratch folder here where one can save the work he is currently doing. After finishing, he should save that folder on his flash drive. You must follow the same process whenever you need to create backup for your work.
Adopt safe computing habits
You would be plugging your flash drive, such as infinitikloud, time and again to your computer. Could you keep your drive safe if your computer itself is not safe and infested by virus or malware? Certainly not. So, essentially, you should religiously follow safe computing habits to keep both your desktop and drive secured. Here are some pointers to keep in mind –
- Try to avoid websites with just “http” on the URL and not “https”
- Do not click on unknown or spam emails
- Keep your computer password protected; use an overtly complicated alpha-numeric and character code
- Install a premier anti-virus or anti-malware software in PC/laptop and update it regularly
Avoid contamination as much as possible
Have you heard horror stories of virus-infected flash drives? Well, a major reason behind it is virus contamination from already infected PCs. Not every computer owner follows safe computing habits and virus attack is a common story- often unbeknownst to them.
There are two steps to avoid it.
One, avoid plugging your drive into others’ (especially unknown) computers as much as possible. Second, if you at all have to connect it with an unknown computer, make sure beforehand the computer is backed by a strong anti-virus program. Don’t hesitate to ask proof if the computer owner claims to have anti-virus installed in his system.
Be careful with carriage and storage
You should be extremely careful physical storage and carriage of your flash drive. Do not carry it in open. It’s better you get a comfortable case for it to keep it protected from external elements- especially when you are traveling. In regards to storage, keep your flash drive in a clean and cool place, preferably inside a case.
Finally, be careful about access to your drive. Put simply, try not to share it with others unless there is a dire need.