Backing up your data is important, which is why in 2011 Ismail Jadun made it his mission to make sure it is never overlooked again. While he was still at college he launched ‘World Backup Day’ on March 31st and it has been celebrated annually ever since.
Remembering to create regular backup copies of your computer or smartphone data should be normal practice; our devices don’t last forever and accidents happen when you least expect them to. Nevertheless, the figures speak volumes:
- A third of us never make a backup of our data
- 113 smartphones are lost or stolen every minute
- Almost a third of all data disasters happen by accident
When facing a ransomware attack or other type of cyber hack within your company, having access to a recent backup is invaluable. If a company network has been infected, data has been deleted or stolen then in some cases access to corporate data can be lost. In these situations a working backup can be the only way to keep at least some parts of the organisation functioning. Losing business-critical documents such as project data, customer and supplier records, invoices and emails can quickly drive a company into disarray.
Even private computer and technology users benefit from having backups. Think about where your personal data is; are your family photos only available on your hard drive? What happens if your device fails and is no longer accessible? A competent data recovery specialist may be able to help here, but it would obviously be more rational if you kept a backup to hand! Take a moment to think about the information you couldn’t afford to lose, both economically and emotionally. Everything could be lost with a little misfortune, whether that be via malware, accidental damage or a natural disaster.
Don’t forget about your phone
Let’s not forget the devices we all tend to use the most – our smartphones. Private pictures, important contacts and business documents are being stored ever frequently on our handheld devices. If your smartphone somehow disappeared, what data would you lose if you didn’t have a backup? Even a smashed screen could cause your data to be inaccessible, due to the inability to unlock your device. Until your screen gets replaced you may not be able to access your data, unless you have set up your device to access it via your computer.
Form and functional
‘It’s too difficult to backup’ and ‘I don’t have time’ are no longer valid excuses in today’s world. There are enough free or paid tools which can backup your information regularly and often can be automated, making the whole process easier than ever. Whether it’s cloud-based or to an external hard drive; there’s a form of backup out there for every device and everyone.
However one thing should not be forgotten – you should frequently check to see if the backup is functional. There are countless instances where a backup was delayed until it was too late or worse still, a backup was available but it was not working properly, making a restore impossible. Could you imagine the ordeal of losing data in the first place, then having to go through the elation of remembering you have a backup, only to then realise it doesn’t work?
There are many things you can do to ensure that you’re creating the perfect backup, but in a worst-case scenario only having one backup may not be enough. Ideally you should have multiple backups available to you so you’re covering every eventuality. One copy should be on the device itself, one on an external storage medium and another should be either off-premise or in the cloud. You will then be somewhat prepared against data loss in any capacity – whether it’s a hacker, fire, flood or just basic human error.
What do you do to backup your business and personal data? Let us know by commenting below, or tweet @DrDataRecovery
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