The Survival Place Blog – Staff Writer
The Internet. As boundless and infinite as space. Or is it? Though spending time online has become one of America’s favorite past times — nearly 75 percent of U.S. homes have Internet access, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — it has also become the backbone of countless businesses, organizations and government agencies. Since the dawn of dial-up, the main goal of providers and the main demand of users has been faster, faster, faster. However, that horizonless hub of information may now be facing some very real limitations.
The World Wide Web may be intangible, but users still require very tangible methods of connecting to it. Analysts in the U.K. warn that the fiber optics and cables necessary to send data to our devices are rapidly approaching their limits. Data handling is not the only issue at hand, either — there also exists a power problem. With Internet accessibility and usage increasing everyday, in the country of the Britain alone, internet usage has the potential In just 20 years to consume all of the U.K.’s power supply. These troubles have many expressing very real concerns about Internet usage caps and even the possibility of collapse.
At the risk of such devastating consequences, backing up one’s data and protecting sensitive information from security breaches in the wake of an Internet collapse is more important than ever. Here are a few tips:
Create a partition
For Windows users, by default, the files you create are stored in your My Documents folder. This folder then categorizes the files based on the kind of files they are. This is great for an organization, but the My Documents and all of its subfolders inhabit the most vulnerable area of your hard drive: the Windows partition. If you create a different partition to store these files, when it is time to reinstall Windows, you do not overwrite the files, making it easier and safer to back up data.
Use an external hard drive
Naturally, as handy and convenient as cloud storage is, it will do you no good if you cannot reach the cloud. For your most sensitive information, like tax documents and identity data, or for your most treasured files, like family photos and videos, maintaining a separate hard drive allows you to have digital copies that aren’t “plugged in” to the Web. It is basically a catalog of your files that you can hold on to for safekeeping but hook up to a computer if you need access, no online transmission required. So if the Web unravels, you still have your data.
In 1998, a group of hackers known as LOpht attempted to warn a panel of senators of the threats that lurked in the shadows of the Web. LOpht spoke of the vulnerabilities within programs and software and encouraged the statesmen to take action, yet nothing was done to ensure the safety of Internet users, and the burden of security falls on the shoulders of the users even today. Cybercrime is constantly evolving. With every security measure businesses and individuals take, the black hats seem to find new ways around. Being educated on cybersecurity vulnerabilities is your first line of defense in online security.
As engineers scramble to find solutions for the limitations of optic fibers, and as countries begin to understand the power demands swelling internet usage requires, it’s time to begin your own line of defense against the consequences of finding the end of the Internet frontier.