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Why you should take the World Backup Day pledge

This Friday, 31 March, we’ll be supporting World Backup Day! The annual occasion encourages businesses and individuals to the sign the World Backup Day pledge;

“I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st. #WorldBackupDay”

But why? As your trusted telecoms advisors, here’s why we think regular backups are so important.

Backing up your data means making a copy of your important files and documents and storing them in a separate location. This is to protect them from loss or damage in case your primary storage device fails, becomes corrupted, or is lost or stolen.

Data backup is an important aspect of business continuity planning, and failure to implement adequate backup procedures can result in the loss of critical data and significant financial and reputational damage. Therefore, it is highly recommended that businesses implement regular data backup procedures to protect against potential data loss. This is especially important for business and personal data that cannot be easily replaced.

The frequency of data backups for businesses can vary depending on the nature of the data being backed up, the size of the business, and the risk tolerance of the organisation. For many businesses, backing up data daily or weekly is sufficient to protect against data loss. This can be done automatically using backup software, which can schedule regular backups to run at a specific time or interval. In some cases, businesses may need to perform more frequent backups, such as hourly or in real-time, to ensure the most up-to-date data is protected. Overall, businesses should develop a data backup plan that takes into account the specific needs and risks of their organisation.

There are several ways to back up your data, and the method you choose will depend on your preferences and the amount and type of data you need to back up. Here are some common methods for backing up your data:

  1. External hard drive: You can back up your data to an external hard drive, which is a separate storage device that you connect to your computer via USB. This method involves manually copying and pasting files to the external hard drive, or using backup software to automate the process.
  2. Cloud storage: Many cloud storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive, offer automatic backup options that can sync your files to the cloud. This method allows you to access your files from anywhere with an internet connection, and the files are protected from physical damage or loss.
  3. Network-attached storage (NAS): A NAS device is a storage device that connects to your network, allowing you to back up files from multiple devices. This method offers centralised storage and automatic backups, making it ideal for businesses or households with multiple devices.
  4. Backup software: There are several backup software options available, such as Acronis Cloud Backup, that can automate the backup process, making it easier to back up your data regularly.

Regardless of the method you choose, it’s important to regularly back up your data to protect against potential data loss. It’s also recommended to keep multiple copies of your backups in separate locations, such as a cloud storage service and an external hard drive, to ensure that your data is protected from physical damage or loss.

If you would like any support ensuring your business has a suitable backup plan in place, please reach out to our experts.

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