Sci-Fi Vs. Real Life: Data Loss

How Science Fiction movies don't portray the reality of Data Loss or Computer Hacking

In movies, one of the factors that determines how realistic and immersive an experience a film is, relates directly to how certain things are portrayed within the movie. While many areas of movies are made to be realistic, there are some that are not, and data loss is one of these.

In most sci-fi movies, from spy films to intergalactic themed movies, hacking is always shown as being a much quicker and easier task than it is in real life, which can make businesses nervous that hacking is that simple. However, the reality is that this isn’t the case – hacking isn’t an easy task, it’s one that can take a lot of time to perfect.

What does this mean? It means that in real life, protecting your company from data loss gives it a higher chance of actually staying protected, as long as you put the right safeguards in place. Whereas in movies, regardless of what protection is in place, the hacker almost always manages to break through into the system.

So what cool gadgets and gizmos can be used to protect your computers/servers/networks from being hacked?

Invest in secure anti-virus

Installing anti-virus software may seem like an obvious first step to protecting yourself from hackers, but the fact is that not everyone bothers with. If you want to ensure that unlike in the movies where hacking takes place, your computer stands strong against hackers, it’s vital that you have anti-virus protection in place at all times. Once installed, it’s vital that you regularly update your anti-virus protection, to ensure that it offers the maximum protection possible.

Always backup 

For one reason or another, in a movie whenever data is hacked, the person’s whose data it is seems to lose everything. However, if they only took the time to back up and invest in data recovery for RAID technology, then the help of professionals could reduce the damage of RAID failure, and wouldn’t have to panic about losing all of their important files and information. Backing up isn’t difficult, it takes a few minutes, and it protects you and your files from loss, should a malware attack occur. As a rule of thumb, always keep three copies of everything: a hard copy on the device, a virtual copy on the cloud, and an external copy on an external hard drive.

Keep your firewall turned on

Want to prevent hackers in their tracks? Then it’s a good idea to keep your firewall turned on at all times. Wondering what a firewall is and what it does? What your firewall does is protect your PC from unwanted online attention. To check that your computer’s firewall is turned on, go to the search bar and type in ‘firewall’ and then have a look at the settings – ideally, everything will be turned on, and your firewall will be working at maximum capacity. 

Be mindful of phishing emails

A common way that hackers gain access to sensitive information is via phishing emails. What is a phishing email? This is an email that says it comes from a recognizable company, such as Apple or PayPal, asking you to log in and confirm some details, are almost always fake. These are called phishing emails – they are used to gain sensitive information without the user realizing that this is what’s going on. 

In sci-fi movies, hackers always gain near instant access to a server or computer, which is something that doesn’t tend to happen in real life. 

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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