Data loss can strike at any time, and the cost of recovery will be high—unless you have a recent, usable backup.
Let’s begin with why. Backup copies are a form of insurance against a devastating data loss that can be caused by hardware failure, human error, cyber attacks and natural disasters. Consider these alarming statistics:
Who should back up
Everyone needs to back up. Yet many families and SMBs claim they do not adequately backup their information. According to a survey, 24 percent of people never back up their PC and another 17 percent haven’t backed up in more than one year.
What to back up
Back up data that is difficult and time-consuming to recreate or recover. For personal data, this includes:
Businesses should back up operational, financial and customer information, including:
When to back up
Back up on a regular schedule. To determine frequency, think about how much data you create on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Then decide how much you could afford to lose should disaster strike when you are between scheduled backups. Restored data is only as good as your most recent backup.
For a family, backing up several times each year may be sufficient. If you take a lot of photos or work from home as a contractor or creative professional, consider backing up more frequently. Most businesses would benefit from an automated system for daily or weekly backups.
Where to store backups
Once you have decided on a regular backup schedule, follow the 3-2-1 rule for backing up.
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