One false click and you can feel your stomach drop roughly half a foot. You lost your pictures, or a special video or any other irreplaceable piece of data that you suddenly, desperately, need to replace. Ads for data recovery services are on many websites, but the fear is that these services are going to compromise a device’s security.
The reality of Data Recovery Software is much the same as every other type of computer program, which means some are good and others not, and many are just middle-of-the-road. The bad programs are not really data recovery services, but malware in another new disguise. Most people are familiar with the tactics, at least in general, of these criminals. They send seemingly innocuous emails to your inbox in an attempt to prompt a download, or wallpaper sites with click-bait ads in another attempt to force a download of a trojan horse or ransomware.
The mediocre programs might be able to get the job done, but usually lack comprehensive support or instructions. This means that the user could possibly make the problem worse through an act that could easily have been avoided with a simple tutorial. That does not qualify as anyone’s definition of “safe.”
The quality services in this category, however, are comprehensive, user friendly programs. They are designed to make the experience as smooth and stress-free as possible, and never access any information that has not been specifically authorized by the user.
Readers wondering how to seperate the good from the bad should look first first check for credible reviews of the service. Sites such as cnet.com offer professional reviews from their staff as well as user reviews, and a well established recovery site should have at least some quality reviews that can be accessed easily. Make sure the service you select has detailed instructions, and if there is any way to contact support that is a positive point as well.
The final answer to whether or not data recovery sites are safe is Yes, if you choose the right one. Do the exact same research you should be doing into any program or service you select to address your personal needs, and do not rush the decision in a panic about losing your data. Follow those rules and safety should never be an issue.