Call it irony, call it Murphy’s Law, call it karmic interference, but it seems that technology is bound to fail just when it’s needed most. Whether it’s a quarterly report, an important PowerPoint presentation, a term paper or last-minute tax preparation, it feels as though our computers and other important devices malfunction in our hour of need. For these events, it’s suggested that everyone back up their data onto other platforms.
However, creating a physical backup will not always protect your data. External hard drives, disks and thumb drives may not be at risk from online threats, but are in fact in danger of getting lost by nothing more than human error. It’s best to back up your data properly to mitigate the risks from all areas of life.
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Just because the data is backed up in a location other than your computer, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t go away. According to a recent Kaspersky survey which talked to respondents from all over the globe, 24 percent of the people used a physical storage platform to back up their computers but went on to lose it. The loss was due to multiple factors as hardware was either damaged (10 percent), lost (10 percent), became unreadable (8 percent) or was stolen (3 percent). This just goes to show that even people who take the time and due diligence to back up their devices could very well encounter a problem and lose all of their information anyway.
It’s not just the everyday person who is at risk of losing their previously backed-up data, but large corporations and even government agencies are not exempt from data loss. Back in 2014, the United States Postal Service had a hardware malfunction that caused its digital backups to fail and disappear into the ether where lost information goes, reported FedScoop.
In order to prevent these types of events from happening to you, your company and the information you need to keep safe, back up your data on a cloud platform or an online database. This means that your info can never be lost to you and reinstalling the information on a new or wiped device is easy, no disks or wires required.
Don’t play the fool and cost your business time and money, use smart solutions to protect your sensitive and important data.