The New Year has begun; it is the perfect time for new beginnings and new resolutions. This year, when you make your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to consider your computing habits. The following are two simple things you can do to make your day-to-day computing safer and more efficient: backup your data and secure your computer.
Backup Your Data: Before we tell you why you should backup your data, let’s have a quick look at the following statistics:
- 35% of computer owners have NEVER backed up their computer *
- 51% of computer owners backup less than once a year (or never) *
- Only 2% backup more frequently than once-per-day *
- Women are 33% more likely than men to have never backed up their computer *
- 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control **
- 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster **
- Every week, 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States **
- Simple drive recovery can cost upwards of $7,500 and success is not guaranteed **
Why Should You Backup Your Data?
Data on your computer, smartphone or tablet is stored in digital format and can be accidentally deleted, corrupted, or damaged by malware. There are many reasons why data loss occurs and not all are things you can control. What you can do is keep your important data protected by backing it up so you can recover it in case of loss. Data backup is one of the most important, yet most overlooked areas of computing.
What are the Best Data Backup Methods?
Data backup is a simple concept of creating replicas of your crucial data; there are different methods of doing so. Depending on the amount, size, and importance of your data, you can decide how you want to backup your data. Some well-known data backup methods are:
- Local Backup: The simplest and easiest way to backup your data is to simply copy them to an external storage media — USB flash drives, external hard drives, CD/DVD, etc.
- Network Backup: If you have more than one machine at your home/workplace and they are on the same network, you can backup your data over the network – a viable alternative to using local storage media. The concept of network backup is very simple – copy data from one PC to another over the network. You can even schedule the backup so that your data gets backed up automatically, regularly, and without manual effort.
- Cloud Backup: Cloud storage is a storage/backup solution where data is stored offsite, on a remote server, over the Internet. Cloud backup service providers have a cluster of highly scalable servers, and provide simple web interfaces or applications to allow users to store and retrieve any amount of data. The greatest advantage of cloud storage is that you can access it from any computer, anywhere in the world. When your data is stored/backed up to the cloud, it is extremely secure and can be retrieved at any point in time. There are many providers out there that can backup up your data, some even offer a decent amount of storage for free! Contact Us today so we can start getting your system(s) backed up.
It is as simple as that! By backing up your data, you ensure that your crucial data is safe and secure.
Secure Your Computer: You should always protect your computer from viruses, malware, spyware, and other online threats. By taking appropriate action, you will not only protect your data from infections, but also protect yourself from identity theft. Protecting your computer from malicious attacks is easier than you might think. Here are some quick guidelines:
- Install an effective anti-virus program on your computer.
- If your computer already has an anti-virus program installed, make sure it’s up-to-date and accompanied by a secondary security program.
- Enable Windows® Updates and Firewalls.
- Install only trusted programs from trusted sources.
If you need help protecting your data or securing your PC, Contact Us at Better Solutions; we will be more than happy to assist you. BetterSolutionsPC.com wishes you a Happy New Year and safe computing all year long!