The value of the data: a bottomless diamond mine

When it comes to data it is now clear to everyone what the subject of the discussion is: virtual online and offline information of any kind, from photos and videos to documents, downloads and so on.

What is not yet so clear at the public eye for everyone is the fact that each piece of data has a value and how much this value amounts to.

How much is your life worth?

Like any other asset in this age, data also has its own cash rating, which can be high or low depending on the data being processed.

As reported by an InTribe study in 2017, on an estimate of 40 years of online activity, an average person will create data worth 50,000 euros, which is represented by uploaded files, posts, comments, interactions, profiles, articles, simple movements on the web.

This is why the digital life of anyone can assume a certain economic value, with its own relevance in the economy. Every time you press the Search or Publish button, you are creating value within the network, which continuously keeps growing in measure.

And  thinking that only human beings posses this “power” it’s a mistake! Every IoT (Internet of Things), that is every object with a connection to the net and with a consequent input of information, produces a hypothetical monetary value thanks to its data, like every other man.

Hypothetical until someone is willing to pay a certain amount in exchange for the virtual fingerprints produced by someone (or something). The Data Dollar Store in London is a clear example of a monetization of the data: “do you like a t-shirt? You can get it in exchange for your last five photos on your smartphone”.

Updates, Hard Drives, Passwords and Cloud: the way to preserve your memories

With data becoming increasingly important in both the economic and personal spheres, preserving them is almost an obligation.

It would be like neglecting the bank account, the house, books and photo albums, down to one’s own memory.

Although the data is a lifeless unit, it needs care and attention from the owner, so that it can last over time and not fall into the wrong hands. And the type or format of the data processed does not matter, the procedures to be followed apply to everyone.

Cloud, where everything is remembered, and nothing is lost

The first step is certainly to take advantage of a cloud service, such as the famous Google Drive from Mountain View company, or Dropbox, Samsung Cloud, Amazon Drive and many others. It’s a good idea to find out and choose the best cloud service for your needs.

This is a free system focused on safeguarding the data of users, who can be private, as companies up to huge conglomerates. With these cloud services you can then create backups of your files without having them actually on your device.

So, in case of theft, various problems or accidental damages to your smartphone, there will always be a secondary way to recover your files.

This applies equally to laptops, tablets, smart-wavers and any other device that has personal data inside.

Beware of synchronization: the higher the frequency of automatic backups is, the greater the chances of saving everything are!

Smartphone, the black box of our life

Nowadays smartphones became one of the most precious objects for everyone: knowing what to do to protect oneself in the best possible way is becoming more and more a priority. And data protection remains a top priority.

As for Apple’s flagship iPhone, with the iOS system on board, you can already boast of good protection from the moment you buy it. But that doesn’t mean it’s untouchable.

It’s good then:

  1. Check every possible update of the operating system, capable of improving protection services;
  2. Use secure passwords and avoid having them saved by your browser, preferring systems like LastPass instead;
  3. Keep the Find My iPhone Service active in the event of theft or loss;
  4. Do not open suspicious links and avoid downloading files from unknown sources;
  5. Checking the permissions of installed apps;
  6. Relying on the Cloud.

Except for the third point, every other step is valid for any operating system

Hard Disk, the timeless power of offline

Although the world is becoming more and more inclined to use the cloud, the old method of data storage on hard disk is still very widespread, especially for private individuals, with small amounts of data.

However, it is a physical system and as such, it must be preserved from any problems, both physical and virtual by therefore, avoiding any fall or physical damage, contact with liquids and paying attention to overheating or voltage peaks, capable of burning the memory.

And being a system linked to a device connected to the network, always pay attention to what is done on the PC, because the wrong choice to save a corrupted file could cost the brain life.

Broken device and lost data? There is still a solution

Even the wisest can lose their data. Whether it was an unsuccessful backup, an old file deleted by mistake or status secrets that could not be saved online, it’s never a good feeling.

And worse, once lost you certainly can’t go back.

Or maybe it is.

Even though the phone doesn’t work anymore, the hard disk is broken and the laptop doesn’t have a monitor anymore, nothing is still lost.

In this age, where data is everything, new technologies have arisen that can recover data lost only in appearance, but still present in the heart of the device.

At iRecovery we specialize in recovering files from devices that are dying and far beyond, both in UK and worldwide, because we know the value of the data: smaller and more valuable than a diamond.