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.
Most personal computer users, if they backup at all, will back up to a CD or DVD, but this is not always safe. Although the files might copy just fine onto the disks, over time these disks can become damaged making the files impossible or very difficult 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 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 industry research reveals that tape backup can fail to recover files up to 50% of the time.
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. Off site data storage and recovery involves a few simple steps:
Local Software Installation
First, you will need to install a small program to interface with the offsite data storage server. The program can take up to 30 minutes to install and set up.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, backing up files of this sort requires a fast connection, such as with a cable modem, DSL line or a 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, your online provider might offer a webpage where you can download files and schedule backups. You will probably also receive a unique encryption code known only to you for safe access to your files.
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