Why Backups on an External Hard Drive Aren’t Sufficient

External hard drive failureIt is always important to back up all of your information, no matter what the content is, from emails to digital videos and everything else in between. If you don’t back up the files, you are asking for trouble. It leaves you susceptible to problems later on, especially if the original files are damaged or lost.

For a long time, an external drive served as the main way to back up information for an extended period of time, however this also isn’t the best way to go about properly backing up the information. This is because your hard drive can become damaged, which also leads to data loss. These drives are not immune to damage, and many of these drives can fall of a desk and break, obtain water damage, or experience other issues that can prevent the back up data from actually working. Plus, you need to constantly use the drives and transfer the files to keep the drives active in order to maintain the drive. (more…)

How Much Safer are Paid Online Backup Services?

Data stored in the cloudIt is always important to backup all of your important files from any computer system. You never know what might happen to the computer or cause it to not properly function. Any number of issues can arise with the equipment, starting with just old age of the computer, damage to the computer, a virus, dust or other unforeseeable issues.

No matter what the problem is, if the files have been backed up, you still are able to access the information. Of course, there are different methods of backup available to you. Typically, an external device, such as a hard drive, Zip drive, tape drive or other such format was used to back up files, but these can fall under the same problems as the hard drive built into a computer, which requires you to have multiple backups of the files. Due to this, you need to consider an alternative option, such as paid online backup services. (more…)

How To Avoid Backing Up Viruses

Computer virusIt is important to take the necessary precautions to protect your computer from viruses to insure a clean backup of your system. With a little attention you can keep your computer free of viruses and protect your files. Whether using an external hard drive or using the preferred method of an online backup service like ElephantDrive, you can prevent viruses from being backed up along with your files and the need for file recovery.

The number one thing you need to do to protect your computer from the onset of viruses is to install a good anti virus software. You have to spend a little money here but it is money well spent to give you the best protection. The two most reputable brands are Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan. Make sure to regularly update the software to protect against the newest threats. Run your virus scanner at least once a week. (more…)

3 Scary Things About Online Backups

Scared at the computerIf you are considering using an online backup service, you need to know all the different aspects and features of the online service. You need to use an online backup service in order to protect your files, should you lose the content in the event of a hardware crash or system hack. However, before you go about using the service, there are some scary things about this backup method you may run into, depending on what you are storing on the system and what you have to do with the files. There are many different online backup services available, and it is important to know what each service offers you and what the possible dangers are. (more…)

Risks of Cross-Device Syncing and Automatic Backups

Syncing files in the cloud, cross-deviceAs the lines between the home and the office become more and more blurred, individuals and companies are seeing the benefits of having cross-device syncing and automatic backups as mainstays of the business environment. After all, cross device syncing lets a user begin work on an office desktop system, cross sync it to an offsite service, such as Mozy or Dropbox, and access it from the home computer or tablet. The entire process is simple, painless, and is virtually foolproof.

Compatibility Risks

However, there are some risks with cross-device synchronization. For one thing, it is important to ensure that the devices that are being synchronized are using a compatible file format. While this might seem obvious, many software manufacturers will create a proprietary platform, depending on the device. This means that an iPad app might have a file that is not compatible with a Mac desktop application. Therefore, before relying upon file synchronization and automatic online backups, it’s a good idea to make sure that every device works with the stored files. (more…)

Staggering Figures About Data Loss

Storing data safely in the cloud

Many computer users don’t think about backing up their personal and business files until they experience data loss due to a hard drive crash, stolen laptop or human error. A shocking 31% of computer users have lost all of their files at some point and 140,000 hard drives crash every week, according to statistics by Boston Computing.

How Do I Protect My Data From Unexpected Problems?

There are various methods of backing up your data. You can back up your documents, photos and music onto an external hard drive. External hard drives start at around $60 and require you to make regular manual backups. This is a good backup method but doesn’t keep your files up to date. If you want to have the most thorough and current backup, online backups are the best option.

Online Backups? Aren’t Those Expensive?

Online backup services work in two different ways. Some types of online backup services consist of a program that runs constantly in the background while your computer is on, backing up every file that has been changed or added. These programs start at around $60 for one year of unlimited storage. Other online backup services like SOS Online Backup and SugarSync offer 5GB of free storage space and allow you to back up your files offsite as well as sync files between computers and share files with other users who have installed the programs on their own computers. These types of backup services are very convenient for users who want to have the same files available on their own PC and laptop and for users who need to share files for work or school.

How an Online Backup Helps You Deal With Data Leakage

A stolen laptopBacking up your company data won’t prevent situations such as data leakage due to a stolen laptop, as experienced by Home Depot. Backing up your data does ensure that if data leakage occurs you still have access to your data and can change passwords or disallow users from accessing shared data, thus minimizing damage to your business.

Both Dropbox and Sugar Sync have paid plans that allow for more storage and both allow you to access your data from your mobile device as well as your PC or laptop. It’s simple to try out both programs by signing up for the 5GB of free storage space and worth it to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can recover your files if disaster strikes.

What You Should Pay Attention To When Restoring Data Backups

Quick data recoveryData backups are an effective way to protect data from all manner of threats. Data backup and restoration are never foolproof operations, so there are bound to be risks associated with them. Even if you have been extremely careful in meticulously backing up your data, there are still things you need to watch out for when performing data recovery.

It’s a Hardware Problem

Faults in data recovery can be caused by faulty hardware. If there is damage to the physical components that hold the data, or irreparable damage to the motherboard, then special techniques and equipment may be needed to get back lost files. Such procedures are not usually do-it-yourself endeavors, as they have the possibility of voiding the warranty. It should also not be assumed that software is the best answer to recover missing or corrupted files; it cannot do any physical work on the component. (more…)

Potential Malware, Virus Threats for Your Company’s Data

Theft of dataIf you are aware of possible threats to your company’s data you can take action and try to prevent them with the use of anti-virus software programs or firewalls to protect valuable information from being stolen. Protection from viruses prevents hackers from stealing usernames, passwords and financial information. It is best not to open emails that may possibly be malicious. Data leaks are also becoming more and more common. Taking steps to prevent this from happening costs less than trying to retrieve the information that is stolen. (more…)

The Good and Bad of Automatic Syncing

Automatic syncing with an online backup, file sharing serviceTo enable, or not to enable, that is the question. The world of automatic syncing has a lot of good and bad aspects. In a best-case scenario, auto sync can wind up saving weeks of work on a lost file. In a worst-case scenario, you might find that you relied on the service only to discover that other factors destroyed files. Which of these, good or bad, will win out in the end? There are a number of different factors that should influence your decision to use file synchronization or not. (more…)

How To Recover Data From a Failed Backup

Recovering your data from the cloud

If you’re reading this on your own computer, I would certainly hope that you’re backing up on a regular basis. Enough has been said about the dangers of critical data loss, so today’s article won’t be preaching or lecturing about this. However, even regular backups can go wrong. Human error and mechanical failure are two of the leading causes of data backup corruption. This is understandable since everyone makes mistakes, and every physical device can break or wear out over time. (more…)

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