Have you ever lost any important data that you haven’t been able to get back? Whether it’s a personal file or business file, it is disappointing when you cannot get it back especially when it’s too valuable to lose in the first place. Not only that, it can cause issues for the business if a file containing a large amount of important data goes missing and you cannot retrieve it.
You may think data loss may not happen to you, but in fact it can happen to anyone. You may delete a file by mistake or your PC may crash which can cause all the files on your desktop to be deleted.
Data backups are essential to make sure that copies are stored elsewhere so if anything happens to the original copy, you have another stored elsewhere so minimal data will be lost.
Sometimes it is possible to recover your data and files without the need of a backup but it is extremely rare this can happen. There are a number of reasons you can lose your data and if you leave your equipment unprotected with anti-virus software, you are putting the data at even more of a risk of being completely erased.
Another reason that you can lose your data is if there is something
wrong with your PC. There can be times where an underlying issue eventually prevents your PC from working properly and eventually stop working altogether. If the piece of equipment will not power on and your technical team cannot get it to work, it is highly unlikely you will get your data back.
Additionally, there is also the risk of ransomware. The hacker will put a piece of malicious code on your PC that allows them to view your data without you knowing and can hold it to ransom. This is usually the case when you do not have a reliable anti-ransomware software installed on your PC or server. This is highly recommended to prevent issues like this from happening.
There are numerous ways in which you can back up your data. It’s always suggested by IT professionals that you should always have more than one copy of a file that isn’t directly connected to your network.
The Cloud is one of the most recommended places for backups as
it’s not directly connected to your business network and it’s easily accessible via the internet. This makes it less of a threat to your data if it goes missing or becomes corrupt. You will always have the Cloud to turn to for a copy of your files.
Offsite backup is an option to consider. This is where you have copies of your server and files stored elsewhere such as your IT provider. There are several advantages to backing your data up offsite which you can view on our blog.