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Copy protection

Copy protection

(also content protection, copy prevention, copy restriction)

Copy protection definition

Copy protection is the process of preventing digital or analog content from being copied without the appropriate authorization to any other device on the same network in the realm of data security. Exposure, data leak, or a breach may result from unauthorized copying. Data at rest and in transit can be protected by using copy protection on files. Videotapes, Blu-ray discs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, video game discs and cartridges, computer software discs, music CDs, and some video compact discs (VCDs) are the most common types of media that include copy protection.

Functions of copy protection:

  • Tracking user-initiated file transfers over the network and local devices.
  • Keeping tabs on where important files are being moved to and from around the company by auditing any and all copy attempts.
  • Preventing the transfer of sensitive data between computers.
  • Avoiding private information from being copied onto USBs and other portable storage devices.
  • Selectively keeping an eye on questionable users to catch them transferring files around unnecessarily and thwart any attempts at data theft.

Preventing resident virus attacks

  • Maintain up-to-date, reputable antivirus software.
  • Enable automatic updates for your OS, web browsers, and other software.
  • Avoid visiting unknown links and opening or downloading attachments from unknown sources.
  • Utilize a firewall and restrict unauthorized access to your device.
  • Avoid using admin access daily.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security