This Friday 31 March is World Backup Day, scheduled just in time to keep you from being an April Fool.
Every day we store things precious to our lives and businesses digitally. What used to fill physical photo albums, shelves and filing boxes now sit hidden away on hard drives. A little more out of sight, a little more out of mind.
Convenient. But if there’s just one copy, in just one place, it’s just not safe.
If there’s just one copy, in just one place, it’s just not safe
If that hard drive fails, or it’s stolen, or it’s damaged by fire, flood or a ridiculously heavy dump of snow, you’ll lose everything on it. And for a business, losing that data can mean losing the ability to stay open.
So backing up is really important, and this week is a great time to do it. World Backup Day is an independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation. Here’s a few points about that courtesy of WorldBackupDay.com:
Items to backup: Your computer, laptop, phone, iPod, tablet, other wireless devices, photos and videos on social networks.
Common ways to lose data: Theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, alien invasion, obsolete file formats, you forgot where you put it (really, it has happened).
Backup options: Backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. There are two main types of backup solutions:
- Local backup: An external hard drive that can be easily retrieved at home.
- Cloud/offsite backup: An online backup service or hard drive securely placed in a different location
- Having both local and offsite backups gives you piece of mind knowing your files are safe and secure.
If you are working in a business:
- tell your bosses & colleagues about the importance of data backups
- check your backup procedures & restores to make sure everything is up-to-date and working.
- if don’t have one, consider creating a company data backup & continuity plan
It’s those last points we can help you on.
Business continuity planning
Have a plan in place so you can keep working when something goes wrong. We can help you with a business continuity plan via our 4Pillars Security Service.
CloudBackup: offsite cloud-hosted backups
With CloudBackup you can back up your business data offsite to our secure cloud data centres.
TotalDR: disaster recovery
TotalDR lets you get your entire IT system back up and running if something goes wrong.