Almost 25% of all computer users have lost memories, manuscripts, and endless hours of work due to viruses, acts of nature, and even hackers. In addition, industry analysts report that up to 50% of businesses who undergo a widespread loss of data cannot survive and go out of business. 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. 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 it has been reported by industry experts that tape backups can fail in 1 out of 2 recovery attempts.
The most efficient and effective way securely backup your files on a regular basis is to perform a remote offsite backup. Offsite data storage and recovery is a rather effortless procedure:
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, you’ll need a broadband connection, such as a cable modem, DSL, or T1 line. Third, you will want to schedule your first full backup during off-peak hours so that it doesn’t interrupt your other important computer traffic. 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, you will likely have complete control to schedule backups, look at and retrieve your files any time of the day through a web interface. You might also receive an encryption code known only to you to keep your files safe.
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 protect your files and your business, get more information about data backup strategies at Data Backup Solutions.