Protecting Storage Devices

It is important to protect the storage devices the storyteller will be using throughout the process. Devices should be password protected, in order to secure the files within it.

Password protect computers with a more than twelve character password.

For mobile phones, there are different ways to lock the screen. 

  • PIN: four to six number combination
  • Pattern Lock: Create a pattern with dots on your screen 
  • Password: any combination of numbers, letters and special characters
  • Biometric locks: fingerprint, face recognition or retinal scanning to unlock your phone

Out of the options, having a secure password (more than twelve alphanumeric characters) is the safest. 

  • Computers and mobiles phones can also be encrypted. This provides a much more secure way to protect devices. 
  • According to Apple, all their computers and iPhones are encrypted by default. 
  • Windows machines have Bit Defender that is available on Windows 8 to later versions. 
  • For Android, the user has to encrypt their phones by going through the Settings.

As a digital storytelling trainer, it is good to encourage the storytellers you will be working with to do this before the training. 


Backing-up content

It is a good idea to create copies of collected and created content and materials for stories in a separate device from the main working device at different points in the storymaking process. This protects the storyteller from any unforeseen and unpreventable issues like device failure or loss of files.

For example, having a USB drive where the storyteller can create a back-up of the directories of their story content. Or having an external hard disk. Depending on the sensitivity of the story as well as the internet access available to the storyteller, they can also consider backing up to cloud storage services like Google Drive and iCloud.

It is important for storytellers to determine when they are backing up their materials. Depending on the time that a storyteller is collecting content for their digital story and producing it, it is usually recommended to back up material when the collection or creation phase is over – before they work on editing or manipulating their content. Then once an edit of a material is done, there should be a back up of that. Then a back up of the final story. Do be mindful that sometimes you may realise that you do not have the content you need to create the final digital story, but do not forget to back up after all additional material is collected or created.