IT services are a growing necessity in today’s world of technology. Especially with the amount of risks that could hinder a business, it’s imperative that protection and planning is produced for companies of all sizes. No matter what type of business it is, information technology is a critical component of daily functions. With that knowledge in mind, it’s astounding how many businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place. This is something that could easily translate to failure in the event of a crisis, and there are ways to plan for an emergency of this kind. Read More
It’s hurricane season! While autumn usually brings cold weather and falling leaves, it can also leave us vulnerable to the vicious hurricanes that often sweep up and down the east coast. Even as Hurricane Matthew dissipates up north, we are now currently in the most active hurricane season since 2012, and the deadliest since 2005. And with hurricanes comes vicious and persistent power outages. Computers, particularly desktops, can be vulnerable to many power hiccups. Here’s how you can protect them.
A system restore can save your computer from all sorts of issues; a lack of storage, a virus, or a glitchy program. And these are just a few of those issues that can be resolved. But if you aren’t confident in the computer world, it’s possible you don’t know what a system restore can do. It sounds a little intimidating, but when you learn more about it, you’ll see that it can be a real life-saver. Read on to find out how.
If you have spilled water, milk, wine, tea, or another fluid on your laptop you may think the situation is unfixable and you might be stuck buying a new laptop. Don’t worry, with a little know how and quick tech thinking you may be able to save your laptop from excessive water damage. Read on to learn more about what you can do for your laptop when accidents happen.
It might seem like saving multiple times to multiple folders is enough to keep your data safe. Some may even use a flash drive to ensure they’ll never lose their data. The reality is, computers crash. Flash drives are lost. Data is hardly safe, these days. And for most people, their business data is deeply important. Losing it could mean losing your job. When the stakes are this high, you’re going to want to invest in throwing your data into an online backup system.
It is common practice to insure your most valuable possessions, your home or apartment, and you vehicles. It is important to make sure that which is important to your is protected. If taking these steps is commonplace for what’s important to you, why not protect your business? It is estimated that 75% of all small businesses will experience some sort of disaster, whether caused by nature, human error, or some other type of event, and a quarter of these businesses never reopen following them. A big reason is that critical and unrecoverable information has been lost. These are some signs that investing in disaster preparedness is crucial for the cyber security of your business. Let’s learn more about why you should invest in disaster recovery.
Last week we helped you make the data backup plan for your company. However, while you’ve come up with a plan of what needs to be backed up monthly, daily, weekly, and ever single time it’s edited, you haven’t figured out how best to back it up. When it comes to the different types of data backups, it can get really confusing. That’s why, this week, Working Nets has a guide to the different types of data backups available, and brief overviews of their advantages and disadvantages.
Magnetic tape is an older solution and is rapidly losing relevancy in today’s technology. It can backup more, faster, then secondary hard drives, for cheaper, but it’s rapidly losing it’s slight edge in this department. Also, to backup and retrieve data from backup you have to run the tap sequentially. Which means you don’t pick and choose the data you retrieve, it has to all be retrieved, and then you sort through the data. However, for the time being, magnetic tape is the best for backing up large amounts of data quickly, and retrieving them quickly. Read More
The recent cyber attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which stole data and then wiped software and data from company computers, is just the most recent reminder of the importance of having a data backup plan. Although Sony is a large company, it didn’t have sufficient backups for its data. It will take a lot of time and money to put everything back together, if even it can be. Don’t let this happen to you. Be prepared with Working Nets guide to making a plan for data backup.
Determining What Needs To Be Backed Up
Begin by prioritizing the importance of your data. Some data, might not even warrant being backed up. Other information, like databases of critical data, should have multiple redundant backup systems, that go back for multiple backup periods. Determining the importance of your data, and what needs backing up and what does not, is entirely up to you.
Part of Sony’s current problem is with restoring its data. They aren’t sure how far back the data backups might be corrupted, so newer corrupted backups are dangerous to use. This is an extreme example, as most businesses aren’t likely to be the targets of such extensive cyber attacks, but does prove a point. Depending on the importance of the data, you might want to keep older back ups- just in case you are hacked and you can determine that newer backups might be compromised as well.
How Often, and When, Should it be Backed Up?
How often and when you should backup your data is largely dependent on how important it is, and how often it is edited.
Your most important data should be backed up every time a significant edit is made. Lower priority data can probably be backed up weekly or monthly, depending on the frequency and importance of edits. If they’re data bases that might change entirely over the course of the day should be updated daily. Others might need their updates over the course of the day, or a month.
You should also consider entire system back ups weekly. If your system’s run on the weekend, this can be set to be done automatically at odd hours, so it doesn’t affect business too much.
What type of Backup will You Use?
Another important consideration of your plan for data backup is what type of backup you will use. The type of backup media you will use depends on several factors, the capacity, reliability, speed, and cost. The capacity is how much the back up medium can store. The reliability is how consistent and effective the medium is at meeting its own specifications. The speed is how fast the medium can backup and recover data. And finally the cost you need to consider is how much money your business will have to spend to buy and maintain this backup solution. You will need to make the choice of what backup system you want to use based on a balance of those four factors.
Get your Data Backed up With Working Nets
Need help figuring out a plan for data backup and recovery? Working Nets assures that we can keep your vital business data is kept secure if disaster strikes. We have knowledgeable experts on staff who can make sure that your IT needs are covered and that all of your information is safe. To talk to someone about data backup and recovery for your small business, give us a call at (443) 992-7394. We’d be happy to assist you with your professional business networking needs.
You never know when disaster is going to strike. If you’ve ever had a computer crash and haven’t had your work backed up to an external source, you know the crushing feeling of losing a lot of information. Backing up your data can save you from losing important information and give you a way to retrieve documents from a secondary source. The importance of backing up your data can’t be overstated, but how can you do it? You can back your data up in a vast array of ways. It’s also important to consider what data really needs to be backed up so you’re not overloading your backup device.
There are a ton of options out there for backing up your data. Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the most popular backup options among companies because it has so many perks (even outside of data backup). You can access the information from the Cloud anywhere with an internet connection. It’s incredibly convenient and can save you a ton of money in the long run. You can also opt to get an external hard drive, flash drive, or CD/DVD, all of which will allow you to back things up. The nice part about these is that they’re fairly secure and you can take them anywhere, no internet required. The drawback is that they’re also susceptible to disaster.
What should you back up?
First thing’s first: it’s important to have 3 copies of everything, just in case one of your backups fails. Make sure that you use two of the options above, preferably one from each category. You’ll want to back up anything that’s really important to you personally or to your business. Downloaded content can usually be re-downloaded in the event of an accident. Anything that is vital to your personal or business records should be backed up, and often. Financial statements, client documents, and anything you need to run your business are all important. Remember, this is disaster recovery.
How often should you back things up?
This really depends on what you’re backing up and how often you create new documents. For companies, it’s best to back your data up every day. You don’t want anything to put you behind or lose information on vital projects. Anytime you add something important to your computer, you should make a point to back it up. Otherwise, if you only create every so often, you should back up about once a week.
If you have a lot of information to back up and need to know the best way for your company, you should get in contact with professionals who have a lot of experience in the IT field!
Welcome to Working Nets – your virtual IT Department in Baltimore!
At Working Nets in Baltimore, we support your business by providing top-notch Information Technology (I.T.) services to companies like yours: Companies that don’t need full-time I.T. services, but do need someone to turn to, when they are having a problem. We provide services like Network Design, Monitoring and Maintenance. We troubleshoot technical issues when they arise, and give you options for solving them. We help you use your technology investment to achieve your business goals. If you have any questions about disaster recovery and data backup, please contact us at 443.992.7394 or visit our website!
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