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Are you in the digital danger zone?

18 May 2016

Almost half of all Kiwis who keep photos, videos and music digitally risk losing their treasured memories because they don’t back them up properly. The 2016 AA Insurance Home Security survey, which interviewed 1,000 Kiwis ages 18+ years, found that 46 per cent of Kiwis who keep their files digitally are in the danger zone because they rarely, if ever, back up them up.

Precious images of family, friends and special events can be lost in a second if you haven’t protected your digital data.  So here are some tips to help keep your memories safe:

  • Back up your data regularly, keep a copy offsite with online services like iCloud, and remember to regularly run anti-virus software.
  • The most common damage to phones and laptops is through impact or liquid, so don’t leave them or take them where they’ll get knocked, dropped, or wet - including the loo! 
  • If your phone or laptop is damaged and you’re unable to retrieve the data, take it to a repairer immediately.
  • Never leave your phone exposed to heat or unattended, such as in an open handbag, on a restaurant table, or the console of a car.
  • Record your phone’s unique 15-digit international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) number for identification and, if you have a smart phone, download a tracking app.  
  • If your phone’s stolen, report it to police and ask your service provider to lock it, or get it blacklisted to prevent other people from using it

Source: AA Insurance 2016 Home Security Survey

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