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Flight Nightmares: I have lost important data

Recently I had a terrible experience which shows one of the downside of convergence. It also rung the phrase ‘practice what you preach’ to my ears.

To cut a long story short, my 128MB MP3 player was ‘accidentally’ nicked by one of my little cousins. The MP3 player cost me £10 at Tesco but it also stored some important files that represented quite a few days work. Problem is that I can not point the finger to anyone in the family.

This brings me to what I consider to be the arch-enemy of security; procrastination (although some might say that it is good (opens in new tab)).

You know that you have to bite the bullet and do that archiving, you know that you have to install that new patch and test it. You know that you have to get RAID running before it is too late or burn your important files on that DVD writer. But you did not. Guess you are not alone in this world.

If, like me, you have to carry important information, get it encrypted and synchronised. Even if your device gets lost, it will take a few years for a normal computer to crack your encryption. Synchronisation will ensure that all your files are updated.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.