Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. Not only that, almost 50% of businesses that lose their data go out of business permanently, report industry analysts. A look at the four most common methods of data storage reveals that they do not all offer the same benefits and safety.
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. Even though you verify that the files copied perfectly onto the disks, damage to the disk over time can corrupt the files making them very expensive or impossible to recover. 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.
You might be one of many people and businesses backing up your data on a second hard drive or tape backup solution. 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. And some reports say that up to half of all attempts to recover data on tape backups do fail.
The most efficient and effective way securely backup your files on a regular basis is to perform a remote offsite backup. Offsite backup services usually involve a simple process:
Local Software Installation
First, you will install a small program that talks to the online storage backup server. It takes about 20-30 minutes to set up the program.
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, perform a full system backup during an opportune time. All respectable off site data backup providers secure your files in high security “vaults” that make the CIA envious, so don’t worry about your files.
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 a unique encryption key to access your data.
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