Backup Your Data Now – 5 Reasons Why
As an IT support consultant, I often come across clients with no backup strategy at all. Those who do backup, tend to do it as and when they remember to. With our increasing dependency on technology, even within a small business environment, losing your data could mean the end of your business!
The reality is that any electronic device has a life span. Because your server, computer or external hard drive has been working well for the last five years, it doesn’t mean that it won’t fail tomorrow. Hard drives crash all the time.
When that happens, you don’t want to be caught without a backup. Why? Because depending on the extent of the hard drive failure, your data might be beyond recovery. If it is recoverable, well, you’re most likely going to have to pay an arm and a leg to retrieve it from your crashed drive. Data recovery is an expensive business!
Data Can Be Corrupted
Viruses, trojans, malware, spyware and more recently, ransomware! Of course, there are a number of tools and methods to clean infected machines, but sometimes it’s just not possible. In the case of ransomware, a recovery from your latest backup might be your only “free” option.
We’ve all done it before. We’ve either deleted something we shouldn’t have, or in a office environment someone’s deleted an important file or folder from within your shared folders. Of course, it would have been good to apply best practices and permissions when setting it up in the first place but these things happen and will continue to happen.
More than possibly anywhere else in the world, we know all about theft in South Africa. Laptops and computers are easily the first items of value that are targeted. You’d better hope that your on-site backup drive isn’t taken along too.
Buildings Burn Down
In addition to theft, other physical disasters happen. Offices burn down and a whole host of natural disasters put your data at risk. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to have a secure off-site backup. That way, even if the worst happens, your stress levels won’t be as bad as it could have been.
Data backups are critical to the continued operation of your business. Even if it’s just for your personal machines, invest a little bit of time to plan out your backup strategy. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to implement a strategy and you don’t have to sell a kidney to buy backup media. Better yet, contact us to discuss our managed online backup offering. You’ll be thankful when something does go wrong.