Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. In addition, if you own a business, your chances are 1 in 2 that your business will fail if you lose your all or most of your data. You have a variety of choices for data backup, but they don’t all provide the same amount of data safety.
CDs and DVDs are probably the most common way to back up files, but they don’t offer the kind of security that you might think they offer. 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, CD and DVD backups are not encrypted so they are vulnerable in case of theft.
Many people are also backing up their data onto a second hard drive or tape storage, either internal or external. 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 some reports say that up to half of all attempts to recover data on tape backups do fail.
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. Setup of the program is usually very simple and takes about half an hour.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, you’ll need to have at least a connection as fast as a DSL or cable modem. Third, perform a full system 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, many online providers offer a web control interface where you can schedule backups and retrieve files anytime. 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. If you would like to learn more strategies for backing up your data and protecting your business investment, visit Data Backup Solutions.