Almost 25% of all computer users have lost memories, manuscripts, and endless hours of work due to viruses, acts of nature, and even hackers. Not only that, almost 50% of businesses that lose their data go out of business permanently, report industry analysts. You have a variety of choices for data backup, but they don’t all provide the same amount of data safety.
Maybe you already backup your data to a CD or DVD, but these disks are not always secure. Even though you verify that the files copied perfectly onto the disks, damage to the disk over time can corrupt the files making them very expensive or impossible to recover. 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, but these disks are not usually encrypted so all of your data is at risk in case of theft.
Many people are also backing up their data onto a second hard drive or tape storage, either internal or external. 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 protection and file recovery is a fairly easy process:
Local Software Installation
First, you will download and install an application to interface with the backup 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, 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. All respectable off site data backup providers secure your files in high security “vaults” that make the CIA envious, so don’t worry about your files.
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 this proverb: don’t spend your days worrying about losing your data; worry about not having an offsite backup service to recover it. To learn more about data recovery options to secure your business, visit Data Backup Solutions.