Data corruption is the deterioration of computer data as a result of some external agent.
Hazards to data integrity include not only computer-based problems such as viruses and hardware or software incompatibility, flaws, or failures, but also environmental threats such as power outages, dust, water, and extreme temperatures.
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To protect data from corruption, you should ensure that only authorized people have access to your data and that the physical environment is safe from environmental hazards.