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.
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 forget or fail to put the disk in the computer and perform the manual backup, then hundreds of hours of work and files will be vulnerable to loss. In addition to that, your backed up files on CD or DVD are at risk in case of theft because the files are not encrypted.
Another way to store your computer’s data is to copy everything to an internal or external hard drive, or a tape backup system. Recovery of data is easy with these solutions but only if the cloned hard drive or tape backup is not damaged in the same fire or flood in which your original hard drive was damaged. And don’t forget the possibility of theft. And some reports say that up to half of all attempts to recover data on tape backups do fail.
The best way to keep your backups current and safe is to utilize offsite data backup services that specialize in keeping your files automatically backed up and secure until you need them. Offsite data storage and recovery is a rather effortless procedure:
Local Software Installation
First, you’ll have to install a program that works with the server of the online storage provider. Setup of the program is usually very simple and takes about half an hour.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, you will need to have a fast internet connection, such as a T1 line, DSL or cable modem. Third, schedule a complete system backup during a convenient time. To secure data backup, reliable offsite data backup providers store your files in high security “vaults” with 24/7 observation.
Web Management System
Finally, your online provider might offer a webpage where you can download files and schedule backups. You should also be issued an access code that will keep your files safe from intruders.
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 are looking for the perfect data backup strategy to protect your business, visit Data Backup Solutions.