I’m sure you have had a moment like the guy in the picture, when your computer fails or you get a virus and you realise that you have lost all the work you have just been doing that day, or even worse all of your personal files and business critical files.
You aren’t alone either. According to World Backup Day (http://www.worldbackupday.com) 30% of us have never backed up our data and according to a report written by IT Pro (https://www.itpro.co.uk/backup/31273/50-of-uk-businesses-are-leaving-data-at-risk) “17% of all respondents do not back up their business data at all, with the only official copy residing on the individual system it was created on. This figure is predominantly influenced by sole traders and micro-businesses of less than 10 people – 20% and 10% respectively say they keep no backups, while that figure plummets to 2% for medium businesses of between 50 and 249 employees.“
This means there are a lot of home and small business users that are unprotected and at risk of loosing all of their hard work which could mean a substantial loss of earnings.
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Luckily there are some easy ways that you can protect your data, that don’t cost much. I have listed some easy ways to backup your data below, and you can also send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any advice or help getting your backup up and running.
- Use Microsoft Onedrive or Google Drive.
Both Onedrive and Google Drive offer free storage which is perfect for quickly and easily keeping a backup of your files. They also have the benefit of allowing you to open and edit documents straight from your storage account, and allow you to save directly to your storage account. For home users this type of backup is perfect as most people will already have access to one of these services, the downside is that you generally wont be able to keep different versions of your files, and you will have storage limits on the free tiers.
- Use a USB Hard Drive
Prices of external storage have been continually decreasing, so making a copy of your files onto a USB hard drive is a viable way of backing up your data. Although this method will protect your data from problems with your computer, you need to make sure you keep your USB hard drive in a different location to make sure you are protected in case of a fire or other disaster that could damage your home or office.
- Backup to Network Attached Storage
The first two backup methods really only work for home users or businesses with one computer. For small businesses that have more than one computer and a server, Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a good way of backing up your business data. All of your computers can backup to the NAS so you don’t need to buy lots of USB hard drives. However you aren’t protected in the event of a disaster such as a fire or flood.
- Use a Cloud based Storage and Recovery Service
For small businesses the best way to backup data in a cost effective manner and ease of use is to use a cloud backup service. Microsoft Azure provides various different backup and recovery services for all needs. You can also use Office 365 to store shared files safely and securely, without the worry that they could get accidentally deleted. Your backups are also safe from any disasters that could affect your office premise and can easily be restored to any location, just in case you need to relocate.