Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. 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. A look at the four most common methods of data storage reveals that they do not all offer the same benefits and safety.
Maybe you already backup your data to a CD or DVD, but these disks are not always secure. 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 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 way to store your computer’s data is to copy everything to an internal or external hard drive, or a tape backup system. 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. 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. 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. The program can take up to 30 minutes to install and set up.
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, 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 will probably also receive a unique encryption code known only to you for safe access to your files.
I’ll leave you with some wise words made up by me: don’t worry about losing your data; worry about not backup up your data. If you would like to learn more strategies for backing up your data and protecting your business investment, visit Data Backup Solutions.