Almost 1 in 4 computers have lost their data to hackers, viruses, and acts of nature. 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.
Most personal computer users, if they backup at all, will back up to a CD or DVD, but this is not always safe. 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 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.
Another popular method for backing up data is on an external tape storage system or a second internal hard drive. 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, up to 50% of recovery attempts fail with tape backups, say industry professionals.
The easiest and most worry-free way to secure your files is with the services of an off site data storage company. Off site data storage and recovery involves a few simple steps:
Local Software Installation
First you’ll install a small application that interfaces with the backup server of the online data backup provider. The program can take up to 30 minutes to install and set up.
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, schedule a complete system backup during a convenient time. Don’t worry about the safety of your data because reputable off site backup providers encrypt your data and store it in super secure locations second in safety only to the CIA and FBI.
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 should also be issued a unique encryption key to access your data.
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.