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. There are many ways to backup your data, but they are not all equally safe.
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 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 do not perform the manual backup onto disk, hundreds of hours of work and files will still be lost. In addition, your files will be compromised if they are stolen because CD and DVD backups usually don’t involve data encryption.
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. In addition, up to 50% of recovery attempts fail with tape backups, say industry professionals.
The easiest and most secure way to regularly backup all of your data with little or no effort on your part is by utilizing an online or offsite data storage company. Offsite data storage and recovery is a rather effortless procedure:
Local Software Installation
First, you will download and install an application to interface with the backup server of the online storage provider. 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, 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, 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. If you are looking for the perfect data backup strategy to protect your business, visit Data Backup Solutions.