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World Backup Day: Keep your Data Safe & Secure
In honor of World Backup Day on March 31, let’s take a look at potential threats to your data, the importance of backup strategies and some best practices for keeping your data secure.
Your data faces a wide range of threats every day, from hackers to hardware failures to natural disasters. One of the most common threats to your data is malware, which can infect your computer or network and steal, corrupt or delete your files. Other threats include human error, power outages, equipment failures and physical damage to your devices.
These threats can be devastating to your professional data, resulting in lost productivity, lost revenue and even legal liabilities.
A backup strategy is a plan for creating copies of your data and storing them in a safe and secure location. This can be done manually or automatically, depending on your needs.
In our increasingly digitized world, you can choose from several backup strategies:
- Local backups. Local backups are stored on physical devices, such as external hard drives or USB drives. These backups are typically created using backup software that is installed on a computer or network. They can be an excellent low-cost option for individuals having only a small amount of data to back up but are vulnerable to physical damage and loss.
- Cloud backups. Cloud backups are stored in remote data centers, typically run by third-party providers. These backups are created using backup software that runs on a computer or network and automatically uploads your data to the cloud. Cloud backups offer security, reliability and scalability but can cost significantly more than local backups.
- Hybrid backups. Hybrid backups blend local and cloud backups into a single backup strategy. These backups are typically created using backup software that runs on a computer or network and automatically creates both local and cloud backups. Hybrid backups combine the security of cloud backups with the convenience of local backups.
5 steps to backing up your data
Are you ready to back up your data? Follow these steps to get it done:
- Choose a backup strategy.
- Assess your data.
- Automate your backups.
- Test your backups.
- Store your backups securely.
Don’t wait for disaster to strike – back up your data today!