Backing Up Your Data
Data Backups Are Essential
Backing up data is a best practice routine that all companies and individuals should undertake. While it doesn't literally prevent data loss it can vastly minimize or even eradicate the negative effects of a data loss incident. Data loss can occur for many different reasons and can range from a mild loss of a single file to complete hard drive failure. If you have recently backed up important data and files then you can be certain that in the event of any potential data loss, no matter how potentially catastrophic, you will always have a recent file and data list to fall back on.
Increased Computer Use Means Increased Data
The use of computers has become much more widespread. Rather than being a work based phenomenon the majority of households have at least one computer and at least one regular computer user. As well as surfing the Internet the computer can be used to work from home, store personal information, transfer files from devices to a permanent storage device, and more. Digital photography and MP3 players, for instance, regularly require the use of a computer to store the relevant files. This means that even personal computer users stand to lose money and/or personal files and memories if anything untoward does occur.
Minimizing The Negative Impacts Of Data Loss
Preventing hard drive failure and other types of data loss is not entirely possible. An aging hard drive, or one that has become full of files and programs will inevitably suffer from a greater number of corrupt files, accidental deletion of essential software components, and conflicts between different files and different applications. All of these carry the potential to cause data loss. Another area, and one that regular Internet surfers should be more than aware of, is the infection of your system with spyware or other types of malicious software.
Recovering After Parasite Infection
Spyware and virus infections have also become increasingly common. This is purely because hackers and parasite authors have recognized that more people use their computer to store personal information and surf the Internet. By creating software that can be covertly transmitted via the Internet and can transmit data from one computer to another in the same way, hackers can gain access to an entire system or have certain files and cookies of information forwarded back to them. Digital theft is also a major cause of system errors and, subsequently, the loss of data.
Regular Backups For Regular Computer Users
How often you should back up your data depends, in part, on how often you use your computer and what exactly you store on there. It is highly unlikely that any regular user does not store some vital information that needs to be secured rather than lost. Very regular users should certainly consider a partial backup to CD or DVD on a daily basis. Version archiving means that once a disk reaches a certain age it can be written over again because there is no need to keep the older version of that disk.
Remote And Local Backups
As well as daily local backups it is strongly recommended that your perform some sort of remote backup. For individual users this might be the saving to disk and storage within another premise. For business users and for individual users, though, a weekly online backup is certainly a beneficial move. There are free services and paid services available offering many different features including full automation, unlimited storage space, and more.
Data Backup Conclusion
Backing up data is often critical to the survival of businesses. If something were to happen to a central server or to a computer that included vital customer account information or employee information then it can be incredibly difficult to recover from these types of incident if you do not have some form of backup available. Regular users should consider daily backups to a local source and at least weekly backups to a remote source of storage. This should prevent any major loss of mission critical data.