The odds are 1 in 4 that you will lose all the data on your hard drive due to a virus, hacker or natural disaster, such as a fire, flood, or earthquake. In addition, if you own a business, your chances are 1 in 2 that your business will fail if you lose your all or most of your data. A brief review of the following backup methods show that they do not all offer the same amount of safety.
Most personal computer users, if they backup at all, will back up to a CD or DVD, but this is not always safe. You might believe that the disk copied the files perfectly, but many times when you need the data, the files are corrupted or missing due to damaged disks or other technical failures. And if you do not perform the manual backup onto disk, hundreds of hours of work and files will still be lost. Not only that, CD and DVD backups are not encrypted so they are vulnerable in case of theft.
Another way to store your computer’s data is to copy everything to an internal or external hard drive, or a tape backup system. You should have success with these backup devices if they have not been stolen, corrupted, or damaged in the same disaster that caused your original files to be stolen, corrupted, or damaged. In addition, up to 50% of recovery attempts fail with tape backups, say industry professionals.
The easiest and most worry-free way to secure your files is with the services of an off site data storage company. Offsite data storage and recovery is a rather effortless procedure:
Local Software Installation
First, you will need to install a small program to interface with the offsite data storage server. Setup of the program is usually very simple and takes about half an hour.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, you’ll need a broadband connection, such as a cable modem, DSL, or T1 line. Third, you will want to schedule your first full backup during off-peak hours so that it doesn’t interrupt your other important computer traffic. All reputable offsite data backup providers store your data in server “vaults” second in safety only to that of the FBI and CIA, so don’t worry about that!
Web Management System
Finally, many online providers offer a web control interface where you can schedule backups and retrieve files anytime. You might also receive an encryption code known only to you to keep your files safe.
I’ll leave you with some wise words made up by me: don’t worry about losing your data; worry about not backup up your data. To secure your business, learn more data backup strategies at Data Backup Solutions.