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. There are many ways to backup your data, but they are not all equally safe.
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. Often data copies just fine to a CD or DVD, but when it’s time to recover the data, for various technical or mechanical reasons, it won’t recover when you need it the most. 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. Not only that, but these disks are not usually encrypted so all of your data is at risk in case of theft.
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 if the hard drive or tape storage is not damaged or corrupted by the same lightning, flood or fire in which the original drive was damaged. And theft is an option as well. 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. Off site data backup is fairly effortless and involves the following:
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, to back up files over the internet, you need to have a cable modem, DSL or T1 line. Third, perform a full system backup during an opportune 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, many online providers offer a web control interface where you can schedule backups and retrieve files anytime. You might also receive an encryption code known only to you to keep your files safe.
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.