Why you should always Back Up your Data

Published on January 17, 2017

headerWhen was the last time you backed up your data? By ‘back up’, we don’t just mean ‘save’. We’re talking about a proper Plan B that insures your important files are all safe and secure, should the worst happen.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a home user or a school: there are plenty of risks associated with your computer software. From computer viruses to floods, there are plenty of reasons why you should always back up your data.

Data BackupWhy schools should back up data

Sometimes we just have to accept that computer breakdown may be inevitable, especially in a school, college or university environment.

After all, educational computers are running throughout the day as students use them to research, write and learn. Then, of course, there are your office computers: chock-full of emails, private details about your students and budget information.

Keeping antivirus software up to date is incredibly important, but by backing up your school’s data, you can enjoy extra peace of mind even when your computers simply give up the ghost.

Why businesses should back up data

Did you know that just 6 per cent of businesses expect to survive, long-term,
after suffering major data loss?

Data Backup for businessesAnd it isn’t just hackers or computer viruses you need to watch out for. There is always the danger of employees losing their company laptop, of having your technology stolen or of floods causing disaster. In some cases, your hard drive might simply fail.

SME’s are the hardest hit, with data loss for small businesses increasing by 400 per cent over the past two years.

But whatever the size of your business: with so much sensitive client data and financial information on the line, a non-existent backup plan just isn’t worth the risk.

Data Backup for home usersWhy home users should back up data

As well as viruses, one of the most common reasons for data failure in home computers is simple human error.

From accidentally deleting important files to spilling something over your laptop, we all make mistakes.

Our computers are treasure troves of cherished pictures, important emails and files upon files of music. You may even have work stored on there. Imagine the horror if you lost all of that with one false move, or if your computer decided to give up the ghost.

How to back up your data

Backing up your data simply means making a copy and storing it elsewhere. You could do this using an external hard drive, but the best way is through a managed service.

This way, your data is stored correctly and maintained by experts who can offer on-going support.

If you’re a business, school or home user in Lancashire who needs this extra level of protection for their computers and systems, give us a call on 01254 877009. We have years of experience in offering network security and IT support: Blackburn-based and beyond.