Popular Backup Storage Devices

Backup storage devices are also known as external hard drives and Network-attached storage (NAS). Popular brands include Seagate, WD Black, Synology, ScanDisk, QNAP, Lacie, and Samsung. The key difference between backup storage devices that are external hard drives and the NAS variety, is that the latter has a lot more functionality and is ‘networked’. These devices are not necessarily connected to one device, but can be used to store backup files across a network or multiple devices. NAS can continue to be available when computers are turned off. NAS devices can also allow users to access their content whilst working remotely, effectively “logging in” to access files wherever a person can get online.

Protection Measures
  • Choose complex passwords. NAS devices can be subject to a brute force attack where attackers robotically persist with trying to crack the password.
  • Limit Internet of Things device connectivity. Yes, your fridge and TV can connect to your NAS. Whilst this may be inadvertent or not very useful at the moment, we find that IoT devices tend to lag on their security and their updates.
  • Disable default Admin Account and Create a New Administrator Account. Like most Modems and Routers and IoT devices the standard factory password for administrator accounts are widely publicised and known. To address this deficiency, disable the default account and create a new one with a new password.
  • Use one that uses Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). This means that logging in requires that users must also enter a code that is only accessible by the individual account holder. It means that the chances of a brute force attack diminish considerably.
  • Hard disk encryption. Encrypt your NAS and backup drive contents so that should unauthorised access occur, the information accessible cannot be decrypted.
  • Turn off services you are not using. Limit your footprint and exposure to only what’s required.
  • Enable auto-updates. Like anti-virus, the best way to update applications and operating systems is to make it automatic.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network. With a VPN installed on your NAS device the traffic (files) sent over the VPN network will ensure they remain private and secure.
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