Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. In addition, industry analysts say that almost 50% of business that suffer a complete data loss do not recover and soon 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. 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 are a procrastinator and fail to back up your data regularly, then you will have lost many hours of work and memories. 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. These devices work well if they have not also been damaged or otherwise corrupted in the same flood, fire, or lightning strike as the original hard drive. And don’t forget theft. And it has been reported by industry experts that tape backups can fail in 1 out of 2 recovery attempts.
The easiest and most worry-free way to secure your files is with the services of an off site data storage company. Off site data storage and recovery involves a few simple steps:
Local Software Installation
First, you’ll have to install a program that works with the server of the online storage provider. 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, perform a full system 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, many online data backup providers offer a web interface for convenient access to scheduling backups and retrieving files anywhere an internet connection is available. You will probably also receive a unique encryption code known only to you for safe access to your files.
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.