Did you know that you have a 1 in 4 chance of losing all of your pictures, music, spreadsheets, reports, programs, and everything electronically valuable due to a natural disaster or an evil virus programmer? 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. A brief review of the following backup methods show that they do not all offer the same amount of 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. You might believe that the disk copied the files perfectly, but many times when you need the data, the files are corrupted or missing due to damaged disks or other technical failures. And if you do not perform the manual backup onto disk, hundreds of hours of work and files will still be lost. Also, if your backed up files on CD or DVD are stolen, the thief will easily recover all of your data because they are probably not going to be encrypted.
You might be one of many people and businesses backing up your data on a second hard drive or tape backup solution. 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. In addition, research shows that tape backup fails to recover data as much as 50% of the time.
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. Setting up the program usually takes about 20-30 minutes.
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, 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, from almost any web connection anywhere in the world, you should be able to schedule regular online backups, verify the safety of your backed up files and retrieve them on demand, if a web interface is offered. You will probably also receive a unique encryption code known only to you for safe access to your files.
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