When a hard drive “crashes” there can be many factors to the cause: physical damage to the drive, prolonged use and failure, accidental reformatting and more often than not, malware and viruses. Viruses are the biggest threat there is to the safety of your hard drive and the files stored within it. Here at In The Personal Cloud, we have constantly reiterated the threat of hard drive crashes and how your precious memories and favorite media can disappear in a blink of an eye. If there’s one thing that the cloud offers in full assurance, it’s a refuge from the common Internet virus that puts all your data at risk.
As of 2010, there are 1.6-million identified viruses on the Web.
Today’s viruses are more intelligent and can access your data through many different mediums, such as your smartphone, e-mail, common links, file sharing, and social-media networking. A virus can do many things once it breaches your computer’s security setting; most attacks these days come in the form of malware that force you to spam your friends for the benefit of a third party (often times stealing your log-in data and impersonating you on Facebook or Google+). However, unintentional spamming may be embarrassing and force you to change all your passwords, it is certainly not as bad as losing your files to a more vicious virus that attacks your computer’s hard drive.
Some viruses have the terrible tendency to focus their reign of terror on your media files. A virus can wipe out your entire media library under your nose, costing you hours upon hours of time lost. Such viruses are normally worms or trojans, and have been around — and evolving — for decades. Symantec’s line of Norton products have been leaders in fighting trojan attacks for almost as long as the viruses have existed themselves. By storing your data in the Norton cloud, you can be assured that your files will be completely safe from harm. Norton’s servers have an incredibly secure virus-fighting infrastructure that will keep every file encrypted within safe from the internet’s newest and most treacherous perils.
Not only will Norton’s cloud keep your files safe once they are uploaded, it will also inform you if the file you upload is bearing any threats itself. This will help you know when to scan your own hard drive for a potential threat. Thus, the cloud will not only keep your files safe up in the proverbial data ether, but will help keep you alert of issues down below on your own computer.