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Keep business information safe by backing up devices

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Jeremy Taylor is director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Eastern North Carolina.

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BY JEREMY TAYLOR

Monday, March 26, 2018

Many businesses rely on their devices to house important information — from client appointment details to inventory photos — but often forget to back up these items to a secure place.

With World Back Up Day coming up on March 31, it is a good time to make a plan for keeping this information safe.

A 2017 survey conducted by U.S. Cellular showed that 32 percent of smartphone owners use their phones at least once daily to take photos and 33 percent use it for tracking calendars and appointments.

Data loss in smartphones could happen in a variety of ways — from experiencing water damage to malware infections to the dreaded drop. Backing up data, whether in a cloud-based service or by encrypting the information on a smartphone, can help users maintain peace of mind if their smartphone is compromised.

Business owners are increasingly using their devices to store important information that helps them conduct crucial tasks. If not adequately backed up, this vital information could be lost or compromised. World Back Up Day is a great reminder to protect the important data stored in your smartphone. At U.S. Cellular, we strive to provide everyone with the latest technology and knowledge to help keep you protected.

U.S. Cellular offers tips to keep information secure:

■ Schedule regular backups. Users should have a backup plan that takes place on a regular basis – daily, weekly or bi-weekly – to keep their data stored in a secured, even encrypted, format. Devices such as the iPhone X or Galaxy S9 offer ways to back up users’ data to their cloud services to keep information secure, even in the event of equipment failure. U.S. Cellular’s Device Protection+ product includes 5GB of data backup and recovery, remote lock, locate and wipe, and anti-malware/anti-virus protection (availability and features may vary by device, operating system or plan).

■ Follow the 3-2-1 rule. According to the 3-2-1 rule, there should be at least three copies of data that are stored in at least two different formats, and at least one of the copies should be stored offsite. This rule provides users with a redundant backup plan to help ensure that important or memorable information is assessable via different methods, such as a smartphone, an external hard drive or via a Cloud service.

■ Use the CIA principle. The CIA principle stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability. This information security practice helps smartphone users keep track of their data efficiently. Confidentiality refers to restricting data to only the parties who require access to that information. Integrity requires ensuring that data is correct and has not been modified — and that the latest version is readily available. Availability involves ensuring data is available to users as needed. Having a “backup of a backup” readily available helps mitigate the risk of not having access to data on their smartphones.

Jeremy Taylor is director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Eastern North Carolina

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