Gardner I.T. have created robust data back-up systems for solicitors, dental surgeries, veterinary practices, funeral directors, and many more Essex-based businesses. Here’s what you need to know about making sure your data is safe…
Data backup for businesses in Southend-on-Sea and Essex
- There are several ways you can lose data. It might accidentally be deleted and lost, a hard drive may fail, or you may get infected with a virus or ransomware encryption.
- If your data is backed-up, it can be restored. If your data does get infected by ransomware, your computer can be wiped, re-built, and your data easily restored with the back-up copies.
- Don’t rely on human intervention. If it’s up to a person to back-up your data, it won’t get done. People put it off, forget, or think data loss ‘won’t happen to them’.
- Data back-up must be automated. We achieve this by installing scripts on our clients’ networks, which schedule when the back-up will take place.
- Data should be backed up every day. A day missed could be a day lost.
- Do not back-up your data to external hard drives. They’re easy to lose, steal, and like all hard drives, they’ll eventually fail.
- Don’t back-up to USB sticks. The reasons above apply; USB sticks are ten times worse.
- Don’t use Dropbox. Despite its popularity, Dropbox is a file-sharing service, not a back-up solution. And because its servers are based in the U.S., the U.S. government can legally access your files whenever they wish.
- Every computer in your office should be backed-up. If you have computers that aren’t backed-up, how you would cope if they were stolen overnight? You might find you suddenly needed some files on that machine after all.
- Effective data back-up provides business continuity. Should you suffer a disaster like fire, flood, or theft, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be back up and running in no time. Can you say the same for your current data back-up method?
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