As a freelance writer, you are likely juggling loads of projects. Depending upon what you are writing you will want to keep things secure, for a couple of reasons, client confidentiality and to avoid having your work stolen, especially in this day and age when many of us work from cafes or shared co-working spaces. Computer safety is not something to be taken likely. Here are a few ways to ensure you are maintaining yours.
Use Strong Passwords
This is pretty standard, if your passwords are strong it will make it more difficult for someone to hack your work if you leave your computer unattended, and a long, complicated password does ensure any attempts to do so will be difficult and complicated. Also, just be sure your email or word programs aren’t left open, and unattended.
Save info to an encrypted device like a USB or an app
Doing this will help to keep your client’s work in a separate location, minimizing the danger of it being hacked as the information is harder to access on a separate drive, and if it’s saved in an app, a potential hacker or thief may not know to look there, or how to access the info.
Use a separate writing platform
If you are working on longer articles, books, or other long form writing projects, you might want to try a program like Scrivener. It keeps everything in one place but it is also secure and as long as your passwords are strong, your documents should be safe.
Finish your assignments quickly
You should also try to do your assignments in a timely manner. As the less time you have them in your possession, the less likely someone is to see, access, or take any information.
These are only a few ways to ensure the safety of your documents, but as they are simple and easy to put into place, they should be easy to start using immediately.