March 31st is World Backup Day! McAfee report estimated that the global financial losses businesses felt in 2018 as a result of cybercrime totaled in the US$600 billion range. Cybercrime is a very real and present danger to home users and businesses of all sizes,
What if we told you that there was one simple tool you could implement that can reduce the risk of data loss if your system is breached or a device is lost or stolen?
Backing up your data can be the key delineator between a device that survives a data loss and one that doesn’t.
Four reasons to take backing up your data seriously:
- 30% of people have never backed up
- 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident
- 1 in 10 computers infected with viruses each month
Ask your self some questions:
- When was the last time you backed up your computer, notebook, tablet and phone?
- Do you have copies of all your important files and photos?
- Have you copied all your important files and photos onto an external device, but it is the only copy, rather than being a backup?
Three main ways to achieve an effective backup solution:
- Cloud SyncMicrosoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Apple iCloud, etc are services that sync up with a single folder on your computer. They mirror it.
When a file changes in one, the sync service rushes to change it on your computer too, so they are always the same. Cloud Sync services are hugely flexible for remote employees, or even those squeezing in a few quick tasks while riding the train to work. They’re ridiculously easy to use, require no training, and the free tiers are enough for most individuals.
This all sounds amazing, right? Except…when things go wrong, they go wrong big time. Accidentally deleting a file means it disappears from the Cloud Sync drive – almost immediately.
Overwriting a file does the same thing, and if anyone makes edits to the wrong file, then those edits are there to stay. If disaster strikes and your local copy becomes corrupted (or ransomed), well you guessed it, the corruption is uploaded too. While some Cloud Sync services now offer a 30 day backup option, you may not notice the file was missing within this time.
Cloud Sync services are fantastic for productivity and accessing files on the go, but they simply can’t be relied on as your backup method.
- Cloud StorageThis is the process of using the internet to seamlessly back up all the files on your network. As long as the network is up and connected to the internet, your system will automatically trigger a backup at random intervals throughout the day. These can also be set to be more of a manual process if you prefer, but the most important thing is that they happen on a regular basis.
- Backup to an External DriveThis option is best as a secondary solution, as external devices have the challenge of being portable, and become unstable after a time, they do enable you to back up important files without the need of an external connection.
The One You Need
What is your backup strategy? If it takes you more than 5 seconds to come up with your answer… you may need to reconsider your backup plan.
We recommend starting with the 3-2-1 strategy. This means having 3 copies in total, 2 of them locally such as on your computer and an external drive, and another offsite in the cloud.
If you’re looking for a more scalable, cost-effective solution that gives the utmost peace of mind, ask about our managed backups service.
World Backup day is fast approaching. Backing up our data is not usually something at the top of our mind, not when we have other important issues to solve throughout the day. But we can’t let it fall behind – we don’t want to be the April fool. Having an effective backup strategy in place can help ensure that instead of having April showers, we will have May flowers.
If you need help, please feel free to pop to the Canterbury Computer Services shop at the Lilybrook Centre in Rangiora and our team will happily advise you.
We can help get you set up with the 3-2-1 method, including selecting the best cloud service for your needs.
March 31st is World Backup Day
The purpose is to bring awareness to more users about the very important need to backup your important files and systems and prepare for the unpredictable.
We invite you to learn more at http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/ and take the world backup day pledge:
“I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.”
Oh and don’t let friends go without a backup, set a calendar reminder and tell your friends.