Computer Engineer

Staying up with the major developments in computing has always been important, but too often we underestimate how quickly our knowledge goes out of date. Over time, the bar for the average user continues to rise, and that’s what we want to look at today. For the software and systems that used to be for niche users that should be adopted by most people today, here are our top picks.

Cloud Backup Solutions

Keeping a backup of important data is always a good idea, but it has traditionally been one hampered by physical difficulties. Keeping track of disks, CDs, and hard-drives can still work well, but there is always a risk that random storage failure could set you back weeks.

Fortunately, cloud storage solutions have overcome this issue completely. This is true both for business and personal use, where automated backups can move data loss from constant concern to something you never have to think about.

On a basic level, users can utilize free systems like Microsoft’s One Drive or Apple’s iCloud to meet their needs. For more professional use, services like Egnyte Business and Citrix are also simple to manage and will have you covered no matter what comes to term.

Dropbox cloud storage
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Data Loss Prevention Software

More directly, the rise of technological involvement has also given those with malicious intent far more targets to set their sights on. Hackers targeting your personal and professional data can even make careers out of this behavior, making it difficult for amateurs to know where to put up their defenses.

As with cloud storage solutions, the best approach here can be to adopt professional software. Data loss prevention tools like SolarWinds Security Events Manager are a worthwhile investment in this regard. Good quality programs don’t just protect you via the internet, but can also set up blockades for lesser-known avenues like USB connections. For the sake of both preventing attacks and knowing where they’re coming from to shore up defenses in the future, data loss prevention software is a necessity.

Data loss prevention
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Video Conferencing Systems

2020 has been the year where distance business has begun to shine, and nowhere has this been as evident as with video conferencing systems. Zoom has become the biggest breakout hit here, taking over the public consciousness and becoming an international hit.

While such technology is hardly new, having existed for years in programs like Skype, Zoom has made an especially powerful step forward by consolidating a wide consumer-base. Zoom is easy, it can host upĀ to 100 participantsĀ even on free connections, and it allows advanced features like screen-sharing and remote control. Of course, if you have specific needs, other programs might be better suited, but as an example of what is rapidly becoming a ubiquitous range of software, Zoom makes a strong argument.

Keeping a constant eye on the latest and greater developments in tech can be a never-ending battle, but you don’t need to be the closest observer to keep up. Check out the three technologies in this article and, chances are, you should be covered for a while yet. The learning curve is shallow, and in most cases, your personal and professional life will be safer and more convenient for the effort.

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