Back that Thang UP …… Insure the Data on Your Computer
Computers are such an integral part of our business activities. We should pay special attention to how
our data is treated.
It does not matter what industry you work in. Chances are you use your computer in some part of your
business. As with everything else in your business you need to make sure there are safeguards in place
to take care of your valuable information.
If you truly think about it, you may have original content written for your website, customer
communications, emails that you have been saving with important instructions and probably the most
valuable of all, your database.
Your database is the most important resource for constant customer contact. The best advice I ever got
was to backup the data on my computer often. You never know when a power outage or a virus might
hit your computer.
Just think how difficult it would be to replace your database that may have taken years to compile. It
could take months to recreate all the lost data and even then, it may not be reproduced in its entirety.
Some data will be lost forever and can only be found in the great abyss.
Your business insurance, assuming you have a policy will provide some compensation in the event of a
catastrophe. Backing up data is a form of insurance. Traditional insurance can’t bring precious data
back from the grave after a fire has turned every shred of paper and equipment to ashes. That is where
backups come in.
Backing up your data often is worth its weight in gold. If something happens to your equipment, the
only thing you have to replace is the programs on your computer. Your data can then be retrieved form
its storage place.
How you store data and the frequency at which you perform backups depends upon a couple of
How often you enter information on your computer
How valuable the information is
How much information you store
Who should perform backups?
Everyone who stores valuable data and documents on their computers should perform backups.
What does it mean to backup information?
Normally, not every piece of information is backed up. Programs on your computer can easily be
replaced. Programs such as Microsoft Office or Print Shop can be repurchased, if necessary and
reinstalled. Your concern will be the documents produced and the data that is generated by these
When should you perform backups?
You should perform backups often. It will depend on the type of data and the frequency you enter
data. Backups in any case should be performed consistently and often.
Where should you store backups?
You can use a number of mediums:
External Hard Drives
Off Site Storage
One thing to remember is not to keep your backed up data in the same place as the original data. They
can both be destroyed at the same time if they are together. Off-site storage is your best bet. That can
be in a sister office, a safety deposit box or you can take data home with you.
There are now companies that perform what is called E-Vaulting. The information on your computer is
literally moved automatically to an off site server.
Weigh all your options when choosing how you will back up you valuable information. There is no time
like the present to get started. Insure your valued data. Back