No matter your situation, it’s likely that you have some valuable data that would be a nightmare to lose. This is true in both our personal lives, and our working lives. For example, losing all the contact details on your mobile phone can be just as annoying as a business owner losing last year’s accounts.
Ok, maybe not just as annoying, but you get the picture. In today’s online-oriented world, it’s never been more important to ensure our data is secure. The second you go online, you’re at risk! Whether you go it solo or outsource it, backing up your stuff can save you a lot of headaches further down the line.
For businesses, and business owners
It’s often quite tricky for businesses to look after every morsel of data. Because they have so much to keep track of, it’s hard to know what to prioritize. At the end of the day, the most important stuff should be backed up first; it’s up to you to identify it.
One of the most common data backup practices used by modern business involves external hard drives. At regular intervals – daily, weekly – all the companies files are set to be transferred to an external hard drive. This hard drive is then copied, which means you’ll have multiple copies. Unlike regular public use, where a smaller sized drive would suffice, you’ll need a much larger one here. Think upwards of 1TB.
Another option for business data backup is an outsourced IT support service, like Computer-Eyez. Besides taking a load off your plate, off-site storage reduces the likelihood of accidental damage. Storing hard drives in your offices leaves them open to theft or loss. Backing up all your information off-site, or in the cloud, keeps it safely stored out of harm’s way. You can access your things without having to worry about a physical drive or disc.
For everyday, personal use
For Joe and Jodie public, data storage is much easier, because we usually have less to store. Many companies take advantage of this and implement their own proprietary cloud storage solutions.
Take Apple, for example. Anyone who owns an iDevice gets 5GB of cloud storage for free, before having to pay to upgrade. In most cases, 5GB is plenty, but those who want more can get more. If you’re looking to secure your data, the answer may exist on the very device you’re holding.
If you want to backup a PC, you have numerous options. There’s the aforementioned hard drive choice; simply plug one in and copy/paste what you like. Or, you can use an OS based backup and restore solution. You’ll still need a hard drive, but your operating system will copy your entire PC over. Then, if you ever switch PC’s or one gets wiped, you can restore it to its previous state.
Elsewhere, there are backup programs that can periodically update your backups. You could buy a flash drive, or a floppy disk. The great thing about data backup is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. So whether you’re a business owner or just an everyday citizen, most solutions are transferable.