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, industry analysts report that up to 50% of businesses who undergo a widespread loss of data cannot survive and go out of business. There are many ways to backup your data, but they are not all equally safe.
You might be using your CD or DVD recorder to back up your files, but CDs and DVDs aren’t as safe you might think. You might verify that the files did copy just fine to the disks, but for various technical reasons, when you really do need to get the data back, the disk might be scratched or otherwise corrupted and the files cannot be recovered. And if you are like me and don’t have the self-discipline to manually back up your data onto disk, then weeks and months of work will be at risk. Not only that, CD and DVD backups are not encrypted so they are vulnerable in case of theft.
You may be thinking about buying a second hard drive or tape storage solution for data backup. 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 some reports say that up to half of all attempts to recover data on tape backups do fail.
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 storage and recovery involves a few simple steps:
Local Software Installation
First, you will install a small program that talks to the online storage backup server. Setting up the program usually takes about 20-30 minutes.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, to back up files over the internet, you need to have a cable modem, DSL or T1 line. Third, you’ll need to schedule a complete backup of your system. 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 should also be issued a unique encryption key to access your data.
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