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Every day is world backup day

Today is World Backup Day. But we believe one backup per year isn't enough and here's why:

by Cloudwards.net

Every day, we use our smartphones, computers and tablets to create irreplaceable digital memories.

... data loss can happen at any time, and usually occurs when least expected.

Leading Causes of Data Loss!

Pie-chart:

  • Software Corruption - 14%
  • Computer Viruses - 7%
  • Natural Disasters - 3%
  • Human Error - 32%
  • Hardware or System Malfunctions - 44%

If you don't backup your data, the risk of losing your most precious memories will become a constant threat.

Make sure to have an automatic daily backup in place. We will show you how.

What's a backup?

A backup is your insurance policy against data loss. Just like any other type of insurance, it protects you from disasters. Just imagine what your life would be like without health or home insurance. You wouldn't be able to pay your medical bills or rebuild your house in case of a natural disaster. A backup protects you from losing your personal and most precious memories, so you can restore any time.

A good backup strategy is to keep a second copy of all relevant data at an off-site location.

Create a secure backup according to the 3-2-1-Rule:

The 3-2-1 backup rule creates triple redundancy for your files. If one backup fails, you still have two left.

Primary and Secondary Copy

Store your Copies in at least 2 types of storage media (local drive, network share/NAS, tape drive, etc)

  • Pros

    • cheap storage
    • fast data access and storage
    • no ongoing costs
    • 100% control over your data
  • Cons

    • hard drive failure
    • has to be connected to backup
    • you need to manage security
    • needs to be always with you

Third Copy

Important: Store 1 Copy off-site (Online Backup)

  • Pros

    • "unlimited" plans
    • anywhere access to your backups
    • encryption is taken care of
    • continuous backup
  • Cons

    • data is not under your control
    • initial backup is very slow
    • ongoing or increasing costs

Good backup software makes automatic scheduled backups to your storage media, like external hard drives or network attached storage devices. Online backup services do the same thing, yet they store your files remotely over the Internet.

How Does Online Backup Work?

  1. First, you download and install the backup software to your computer.
  2. Then, you select the files you want to backup. Some online backup services just backup everything on your computer so you don't have to think about that.
  3. Always make sure your backup is scheduled at least on a daily basis. Modern online backup services continuously backup your files whenever something changes.
  4. The software uploads your files onto its servers and data center. Ideally, the software backs up your files in multiple locations as well.
  5. The best backup software is worthless if it cannot restore your 1 files. Make sure to perform regular jest restores" of your most important data, in case of an unexpected disaster.

Things to keep in mind when choosing an online backup service:

First, make sure your backup provider offers local encryption with a private encryption key that only you own.

The online backup provider should use SSL encryption technology when transferring your files over the web onto their servers.

Once uploaded, your provider should offer another security layer with an AES-256 bit encryption technology.

It's important to know how much data you need to back up. With metered plans, always sign up for 2x the storage space needed.

Cloud storage and online backup services offer more features than just backup. Some allow you to: - share and sync files - collaborate with your team - save unlimited versions of your files - Pick the one with the features you need the most!

Did you know

  • 30% of people have never backed up
  • every minute 113 phones are lost or stolen together with gigabytes of valuable data. - $30,000,000,000 - Lost phones will cost consumers $30,000,000,000 in 2012 and countless irreplaceable lost memories.
  • 1 in 10 computers infected with viruses each month.
  • 39% of data-disasters are caused by accident

Do you know your hard drive?

Backblaze, an online backup service, tested over 40,000 hard drives in their data centers and showed that 4T0 hard drives are the best and most reliable in 2014 with only 2.6% failure rate.

3TB hard drives, on the other hand, were almost 3x as likely to fail.

COST of DATA

  • $ 13.400.000 per hour
  • $ 223.333 per minute
  • $ 3.722 per second

And those are numbers from year 2000! Today, costs of data loss is manyfold.

Hacking accounts for 67.2 % of data loss in businesses.

Graph

  • 1.0% Portable media theft/loss
  • 1.4% Malware
  • 2.0% Improper disposal
  • 3.0% Unknown
  • 4.0% Human/system error
  • 4.6% Web/network exposure
  • 4.6% Hard copy theft/loss
  • 4.8% PC theft
  • 7.0% Fraud/social engineering
  • 67.2% Hacking

Global revenue of cloud backup services increased by +225% to $999,000,000 in 2014.

One of the major consumer cloud storage services, Dropbox, grew its user base by +1100% to over 300,000,000 users.

every day is world backup day: • Cloudwards.net

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