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 look at the four most common methods of data storage reveals that they do not all offer the same benefits and safety.
Most personal computer users, if they backup at all, will back up to a CD or DVD, but this is not always safe. Although the files might copy just fine onto the disks, over time these disks can become damaged making the files impossible or very difficult to recover. And if you do not perform the manual backup onto disk, hundreds of hours of work and files will still be lost. In addition to that, your backed up files on CD or DVD are at risk in case of theft because the files are not encrypted.
Many people are also backing up their data onto a second hard drive or tape storage, either internal or external. You will likely be able to recover data easily with these devices but only if they have not been corrupted or damaged along with the original hard drive in the same natural disaster or virus attack. And don’t rule out the theft option. And it has been reported by industry experts that tape backups can fail in 1 out of 2 recovery attempts.
The best way to keep your backups current and safe is to utilize offsite data backup services that specialize in keeping your files automatically backed up and secure until you need them. Off site data backup is fairly effortless and involves the following:
Local Software Installation
First, you’ll have to install a program that works with the server of the online storage provider. The program can take up to 30 minutes to install and set up.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, backing up files of this sort requires a fast connection, such as with a cable modem, DSL line or a T1 line. Third, schedule a complete system backup during a convenient time. Don’t worry about the safety of your data because reputable off site backup providers encrypt your data and store it in super secure locations second in safety only to the CIA and FBI.
Web Management System
Finally, many online data backup providers offer a web interface for convenient access to scheduling backups and retrieving files anywhere an internet connection is available. You should also be issued an access code that will keep your files safe from intruders.
I’ll end this report with a wise maxim: don’t worry about data loss, worry about not having a recovery strategy. To secure your business, learn more data backup strategies at Data Backup Solutions.