Here is a thought: Have you ever cringed at the high prices of storage devices and went for a cheaper alternative? Many I know have done this, myself included, and of course regretted it after they lost their family photographs.
There is an understandable element of price when it comes to technology. Not everyone can afford an expensive solid-state drive that can contain all their important files and memories. Tech in general is rather expensive for most of us, especially in countries that have a low average wage. Technology is normally not incredibly cheaper in Poland, where I live and study, compared to where I come from, Norway.
Thus, buying proper storage becomes an afterthought. But what do I mean by proper storage? In a nutshell, just storage that does not break easily or wear out in a few years. Cheap solid-state drives, SSD for short, especially in the earlier days don’t last long at all. That can happen to normal mechanical drives as well, as well as flash drives. However, that is not the thing that usually happens.
Some drives come with shitty bloatware, some flash drives from dubious sellers on eBay does not necessarily have to be the size they say they are, and might even contain viruses for all that you know.
So, what is the best way of storing your files securely? Here are a few points that I generally follow.
Buy from a reputable brand, like Seagate or Kingston, and make sure you have read a couple of reviews of that storage device from many different sources. Non-biased reviews are hard to find these days, sadly, and while I personally would vouch for Seagate or Kingston, every device is its own entity, meaning that you should not trust a product solely because it is from a particular company. Be sceptical, be safe. Buyers beware.
If you can afford more than one device, do buy several. Also, store them in different places. If your apartment gets robbed, and you have a storage device in another place, that is at least a problem less for you to worry about. Memories and information exceeds all current values. You can, of course, go for cloud storage, but you never know when that cloud storage entity (such as Microsoft’s OneDrive) is going to have problems, or even ban you from their platform by mistake.
“There is no cloud, just someone else’s computer.”
While I use cloud computing for non-sensitive files, always think about if I should encrypt my files. If you could lose face by posting it on Facebook, you should encrypt it. That is my general rule. While you could encrypt drives with fingerprint scanners and other biometrics, a password cannot be extracted from your body. At least not yet. I hope.
I hope that may encourage you to choose a good storage device next time you are in the need for one.
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