Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. 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. You have a variety of choices for data backup, but they don’t all provide the same amount of data 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. Often data copies just fine to a CD or DVD, but when it’s time to recover the data, for various technical or mechanical reasons, it won’t recover when you need it the most. And if you don’t remember to back up on a regular basis, then of course the files won’t be there when you need them. Not only that, CD and DVD backups are not encrypted so they are vulnerable in case of theft.
Another popular method for backing up data is on an external tape storage system or a second internal hard drive. Recovery of data is easy with these solutions if the hard drive or tape storage is not damaged or corrupted by the same lightning, flood or fire in which the original drive was damaged. And theft is an option as well. In addition, research shows that tape backup fails to recover data as much as 50% of the time.
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 download and install an application to interface with the backup server of the online storage provider. Setting up the program usually takes about 20-30 minutes.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, you’ll need a broadband connection, such as a cable modem, DSL, or T1 line. Third, try to schedule your first full backup during an opportune 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, you will likely have complete control to schedule backups, look at and retrieve your files any time of the day through a web interface. You should also receive an encryption code unique only to you to access your online storage.
I’ll end this report with a wise maxim: don’t worry about data loss, worry about not having a recovery strategy. To protect your files and your business, get more information about data backup strategies at Data Backup Solutions.