Recover Encrypted Data

Most businesses use Encrypted Data to keep customer’s personal information safe.

Data Encryption is perfect for payment information, personnel files, and personnel information.

It works really well however like any other technology it can become compromised.

Anyone using encryption for sensitive data absolutely must do regular data backups.

You only have one chance to recover Encrypted data.

Encrypted Data

So how Encrypted is your Data ?

This is an important question because it will have a huge impact on your ability to recover the data.

Simple encryption is fairly rudimentary and typically uses a simple algo or cypher to make the data unreadable.

While this looks impressive it takes very little time for a hacker to crack.

The upside is that it also makes data recovery fairly simple.

The more secure the data is from hackers the harder it is to fully recover the data.

Why is this ?

Because even the best data recovery processes can have a small bit of missing information.

without encryption it is easier to ‘guess’ that the missing bit should be and you will not even know that process took place.

All you know is you have your data once again.

Types of Data Encryption

Data Encryption is a vast array of methods, but in all cases uses Cryptography as the process.

There are many types of encryption, however even if there were only one method we could all have our own fully secure data.

This is because Cryptography uses a data Key that you supply to encode.

For example you could use your name.

The data would then be changed based on your name.

The only way to change it back to readable data is the supply the code.

Data Encryption Programs

There are many good encryption programs to choose from but the latest is not always the best.

Before choosing a method or company to store data with make sure you understand what you need to do if something goes wrong.

Read the user manual for the software and take any tutorials that they offer.

Be prepared to do everything the company that provides the software recommends.

Being Prepared means you and you will have a better chance of being able to cope with any problems.

Understanding the limits of your encryption program means you can plan for the inevitable issues that will occur.

Aging Encryption Technologies

Your encrypted information will eventually get transfered to a new generation of computers.

It sounds easy but the primary issue is when data storage methods have changed.

Imagine trying to find a computer now that can read a 3 ½” floppy disc.

Even if you found hardware the chances are good that a newer computer would have trouble reading the data.

Storing Encrypted Data

Each new generation of hardware means that data stored on old devices must be transferred to new ones as soon as possible

If you fail to keep up with Technology you will lose the ability to access the data.

Encrypting your data adds another layer of difficulty to this process.

When encrypted data is scrambled in the transfer it will be impossible to retrieve it in any coherent form.

There are many things that can go wrong with data storage.

Viruses to hardware failures.

Physical damage to media such as water or fire to the accidental deletion of files.

The only way to protect your data is to create regular backup copies and store them in safe places.

This is true for both Encrypted and none encrypted Data.

Doing this with encrypted data can be somewhat dangerous.

The more copies there are of the data the more chances there are that the data will become compromised in some way.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking more copies equals protection.

Recovering Encrypted Data

If you have encrypted data that appears to have vanished or you cannot access do not try to recover the data yourself.

Choose a trusted professional with all the latest training, equipment, and facilities so that they can retrieve your data for you.

Encryption scrambles the data so that it is unreadable to everyone with the Encryption Keys.

If you do not have the proper expertise, training, and tools to access the encrypted files you need Professional Help.

Without Professional help you stand a good chance of either overwriting the data while trying to retrieve it or even losing it altogether.

You will not have multiple chances to transfer the files to a new storage medium.

The more you try to manipulate the data the more of it will be overwritten.

Once overwritten your encrypted Data is unrecoverable.

Too many attempts can loose the encryption key and that would be disastrous.

Even if you have the security certificate for the old program transferring the data to a new device in a readable form may prove impossible.

Encrypted Data Recovery Services

Your chosen Data Recovery Service will need to diagnose the problem before they can decide on a plan to retrieve data.

They may be able to tell you at this point how much data they can recover and how much the process is likely to cost.

The cost is a Quote only so be sure you are ready to make decisions about what you are willing to put into the recovery process.

The next step is to repair as much damage as they can.

Drying out computer components or otherwise fixing physical damage as far as is possible is the most important first step.

Specialized software creates an exact copy of the data.

They will now use the copy to attempt to retrieve information.

The original data is safe. Data Recovery attempts on the copy keeps the original safe.

If data recovery fails they can try again.

Getting Your Recovered Data

You get the recovered data on a thumb drive, external hard drive, or any other device that you choose.

Choose whether the data is returned in its original encrypted state or unencrypted.

Now pick a new and updated Encryption Provider.

These professional services are not usually cheap, you will pay a fairly heavy price to get your data back.

Read our Main Article on <a style=”color: blue;” href=””><u><b>Data Backup &amp; Recovery</b></u></a> to understand your options and limitations.