It is easy to forget how ephemeral digital data really is. An errant spark, a burst pipe, or a single malicious individual is all it takes to erase an entire lifetime of memories – or an entire business’ worth of data. Catastrophes aside, data can be lost in other ways, too, by misplacing a tablet, laptop, or phone.
I expect it is something that most of us do not want to think about: our data is always vulnerable to something. Consider, for example, that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute. 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses every month. 29% of data disasters are caused completely on accident.
Some troubling statistics, no?
That is precisely why backups are so important, both within our businesses and without. And that is the core idea behind World Backup Day, an initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your data. If you have not already done so, I would highly recommend taking the pledge.
And not just for your organization, which probably already has a backup solution in place – for your personal life, too.
To help you along, here are a few ways you can create better backups.
- Be selective. You don’t need to backup everything. Choose the files you need the most – the stuff you know you’d miss if it happened to disappear.
- Automate. Do not leave backups to yourself. Instead, set up a solution that automatically take snapshots of your important files and folders. People are fallible – they forget things. An automated schedule does not.
- Choose the right tools. Be sure that the solution you choose is secure; platforms like Box and Dropbox tend to have far too many vulnerabilities to make them worthwhile options. In your personal life, you can look at any of the backup services on this list. For your business, you may want to look into something like Liquid Web’s secure backup and recovery.
- Be conscientious. It may not directly relate to data backups, but how often do you put your information at risk in your day-to-day? Do you practice safe browsing? Are you careful with your mobile devices?
Our data is vulnerable to so many different things. It is easy to forget. Perhaps it is more attractive to forget, too.
But if we truly want to keep our information safe, we cannot. In order to protect our businesses and our personal lives, it is imperative that we keep regular backups. Because otherwise, all that is necessary for a terrible loss is a few errant keystrokes.
So, have you taken the pledge?