You’ve heard the advice: Back up your information and back it up often. Since you never know when your information and technology could fall victim to malware and hackers, the best practice has been to ensure that you always have the latest copy of your servers and hard drives so that you can recover from an attack and get back to business more promptly than those who foolishly rarely back up their data.
And while we like to adhere to a specific standard and believe that backing up our information as often as possible will prevent certain disaster, is it actually possible to back up your information too often?
Too much of a good thing?
The short answer to that question is “no,” it never hurts to back up your information as often as possible. However, there are opportune times to back up corporate data. According to IT Jungle, many businesses assume that backing up data once a day will help in the event of an emergency, as you can just wipe over what had been done from the day and start over from the day before, but how much does a company actually lose if you start from that morning’s clean slate?
While it impractical to back up too many times a day, and not a smart use of space and resources, it does make sense to make multiple copies during the day so you lose less information. And when common websites are sources of malware, it’s a prudent move to copy information at a few different hours during the work day to minimize downtime.
Not so safe?
We tend to heed the warnings of past experience – don’t click on suspicious links, ads could lead to malware, only trust sites you know are safe, etc. Unfortunately, we could be plagued with malware on time-trusted sites. InfoSecurity Magazine reported that malware called Stegoloader can hide malicious code even on legitimate websites.
When even the most trusted websites could possibly contain lines of code that may infect a computer or even a server, the best practice is to have a backup in place that will get you back to business faster. Of course, you should back up more than once a day to ensure that your fresh start won’t cause any sort of inconvenience.