Backing-Up data is just as important as ever… and not to mention a whole lot easier. A single lost file can be a nightmare for most people but imagine losing entire directories of data, especially when most of the time it can be avoided. Below are a few simple steps you can take to help minimise the risk.

In cases you were unsure; backing-up data is the act of physically making a copy of a file or bits of data, this means that if one gets lost or damaged you will still have a second version. For personal use we are always reminded to back-up our music, videos and photos but what about in a business situation. Unlike losing personal files, business data can also have other implications and in some cases, serious legal consequences.

Usually it is not the actual file that will cause the problem for the business but the knock on effect it may have, for example if you lost customer records with information like their name, address, or date-of-birth you could suffer a knock on effect. If you need to make contact with the customer or maybe you need to send out invoices or deliveries to the customer. Without that crucial information you are helpless, you may also have legal requirements to keep that information private.

You can choose to do a back-up locally or remotely, however, remotely is far more effective and a lot easier. The best thing to do is create multiple copies and then test that you have been successful. What would the point of a backup be, if when you need it, it doesn’t work? Always test the data first just to be safe.

Remember it is a lot easier to create regular back-ups of your files, than it is for your business to recover from a significant data loss.

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