Oddly enough even the most security conscious of computer users tend to have one fatal (in terms of data at least) flaw in common. These people will scan all their e-mail for spam, have spyware scanning, firewall and anti-virus software running on their computers. They never download files without scanning them and treat their computer security as a serious task. Except for one thing….. these guys never backup their data files. The “false” sense of security afforded by their various security applications leads them to believe that their computer and the data on it is almost invincible.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because the computer is secure doesn’t mean that your data is. Unless you’re keeping at least one reliable backup of your computer data then you’re missing a vital part of the computer security puzzle. All the best practices and software in the world won’t protect you from hardware failure, flood, fire, lighting, power surges, theft or just good old unforseen accidents. If the only copy of your important files is on your computer hard drive then you need to be taking steps today (yes right now) to find another way to backup your data.
Another key point to make here is this. If you store business, personal or data with a dollar value on your computer then you also need to keep a copy of that same data offsite – either using a remote file storage service or simply keeping a copy of the data in a colleagues or friends house.
Personally I’ve learned that you can never be too cautious in terms of data backup. I use a pair of 250GB SATA hard drives on the computer itself. This is backed up by a 160GB external USB hard drive (being upgraded soon to a 1 Terabyte system). Last but not least I use an online file backup service called Mozy for a third copy of my data. There’ll be a file server added to the above bundle at some stage in the near future too I’d imagine.
– An Essential Part of Data Security
The good news for you the consumer is that there are several great ways of making data backups. You can choose from massive internal hard drives, external hard drives in the terabyte (a terabyte is 1,000 gigagbytes by the way) range and online file storage systems. These are for mass data storage of course. If your data backup requirements are lower then you can always look at backing up your data to DVDR/RW discs or even rely on an 8GB or 16GB USB pen drive. One thing is certain – you will be spoiled for choice.
Some online backup solutions require a constantly stable data connection which can be troublesome for a business traveler. There is now a thin client on the market that connects to a virtual machine so all of your data is automatically stored offsite.
Too many choices at the point of sale can just confuse issues for you when buying a data backup solution so the other sections here on data backup will hopefully help to make that final buying choice a little easier.