If you only need to back up specific data, use software that will let you pick and choose which files you want to save. (Remember, simply moving a file isn’t backing it up. You need at least two copies.) To be safe, back up entire folders on a recurring basis to ensure that newly created or updated files get backed up at a later date.
A must for anyone with more than one computer or device in use, synchronization software ensures you have the same files on all your PCs (and they’re usually accessible on mobile devices, too). Make a change to a file and it’s automatically sent to all the other PCs using the account, even on other operating systems. It’s the ultimate in redundancy.
Big names in this area include Dropbox, Google Drive and One Drive. There are many others.
All of them provide a few gigabytes of online storage for free, typically 2GB, but you can get a lot more by paying a monthly or yearly fee.
We’re in the era of the cloud, so online backup, once a bit specialised, is now the norm for most businesses.
The back up software will instruct which files/folders to keep backed up, and it does the rest in the background. Because the storage is online, you can typically read files via the browser, or restore the files to other systems, as needed.
Your best option is to do a full disk-image backup on a regular basis, including data, using software that can read images and selectively pull files for restoration when necessary.
You will need a very big backup destination drive to pull it off, typically an external hard drive or your own business network drives.
Plug in an external storage drive into your computer and get started. Storage drives come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations.
A standard drive won’t cost much, but it alone will do nothing but sit there and make you do all the work. Almost all drives today use connectors like USB 3.0 or RJ-45 for fast transfer rates.
Small USB thumb drives are almost as inexpensive as discs, even as their capacity increases. They have the advantage of being ultra-portable.
Perhaps too portable, as they’re easy to lose (and steal). But locking one multi-GB flash drive in a safe deposit box is easier than storing discs or hard drives.
Data security is an essential aspect of your business continuity, and data backups are a critical aspect of that practice. Data backups ensure you have a complete copy of your systems ready to restore, no matter why the data loss occurred.
An increase in ransomware attacks and high-profile data breaches over the last few years has reinforced the importance of data security. It should be noted that WannaCry infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, encrypting sensitive business data and disrupting productivity for an entire week. Recent research indicates that an average of 2,244 cyberattacks happen globally each day, and many of these attacks are targeting sensitive business data.
Large enterprises are clear treasure troves of data in the eyes of hackers, but small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are often targeted as well. Businesses are becoming more dependent on data in the 21st century, which means the demand for data security is increasing.
However, data security isn’t just about protecting data from malicious outsiders; remediation is a critical aspect of data security. While you can’t predict when data loss will happen, you can make sure your business has the right solutions to recover its critical data. IT managers are responsible for implementing the right data backup and disaster recovery procedures in their businesses. Contact us.
Natural disasters can halt business in an instant.
According to Clutch, 60 percent of small businesses that lose their data will shut down within six months. Although data can be lost in many ways, you should never underestimate the occurence of catastrophic natural disasters. Regardless of your business’ size, you need to prepare for storms, earthquakes, fires, and any other natural disaster that could shut down your servers and data centers. Contact us.
Data backup tips for keeping business running smoothly.
Having proactive data backup procedures in place can add additional security for your business and allow you to handle any unforeseen data loss situations, keeping your productivity and brand stable. Since data loss can happen at any time and in a multitude of ways, just making backups is a good place to start. However, keeping consistent backups is key. If a disaster strikes and your last backup is six months old, your business will have a hard time recovering.
Your data backup plan should be teamed with a disaster recovery plan. This will assist you when you need to restore your failed devices as fast as possible. Your corporate data management procedures should include software that automatically creates backups and makes restoring from different backup versions as easy as possible.
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