When was the last time you backed up your data? A week ago? A few months ago? Every day people lose vital data because they fail to follow one basic procedure: Backup data. Whether it’s photos, emails, documents, or videos — backing up your information is extremely crucial. So crucial, in fact, that we have a whole day dedicated to data loss prevention. World Backup Day (March 31st) is a day for people to not only learn about the importance of data in our lives but as a reminder to back up their information (even if this is the one time out of the year.)
Back in the day, losing data typically happened because either your hard disk failed, or your device was lost or stolen. These remain risks. But these days, it’s just as likely your computer gets infected by malware or your data is held for ransom by some digital bandits.
In today’s Digi-centric world, it’s more important than ever to keep your and your client’s data secure. Backing your data up is the best way to get it done. Just to demonstrate how easy it is for things to go awry in today’s digital landscape, here are a few hard facts on the necessity to back up your data:
- 30% of people have never backed up and don’t have any way to save their important files
- 29% of data disasters are caused by accident, costing valuable time and money as the resources they affected are lost forever
- 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
- 1 in 10 computers, including household and business computers, are infected with a virus each month that may suddenly cause all your data to be gone beyond retrieval
ONLINE BACKUP SERVICES
Keeping your backup in the cloud is a good and future-proof alternative to physical data storage, instead of an external hard drive or USB stick. An external hard drive or USB stick can be lost or damaged. The biggest advantage of storing files in the cloud is that they are available anytime, anywhere. In terms of security, you should always pay close attention to access and security with cloud backups.
Below we list the best-known parties where you can make a backup in the cloud. Many of the companies below also offer a few GB of free space online.
CREATING A NAS BACKUP
Backing up to a NAS is a good safe way to backup mainly for small businesses, Tech-Savvy PC users, and smart homes. NAS is an abbreviation for Network Attached Storage. A NAS Server is a kind of computer cabinet that can convert one or more hard drives into one wireless network storage via a wireless connection.
A NAS is usually available at Webshops that sell electrical products. You can purchase a NAS from web shops such as Amazon.com and BestBuy