The PC Support Group provides tips on data backup
When you consider that the information on our computers is irreplaceable and often far more valuable than the computers themselves, itâ€™s
amazing how many individuals and businesses still donâ€™t take data backup seriously.
Despite the importance of information within any business, the vast majority of small businesses do not have adequate backup and data recovery
systems in place. Even when a solution is in place it is often fraught with problems; some of which are only discovered when itâ€™s too late.
Home users are no different; often storing treasured photos of occasions never to be repeated in one place with no copy!
So why donâ€™t we protect the information on our computers?
At The PC Support Group we have looked into this and it would appear that a combination of factors contribute to this potentially dangerous situation.
The first issue is simply that most businesses, particularly smaller ones, donâ€™t fully appreciate the value of the information they have stored on their
computers and believe that manually retrieving it (presumably by making a few phone calls and checking old paperwork) is a relatively trivial process.
This belief seems to stem from the fact that most businesses develop from the knowledge and skills of one or two people. Those people are often the
major decision makers in all areas for some time and, due to day to day activity and pressures, they donâ€™t realise the quantity or quality of
information that is building up to help the business operate. As a result they donâ€™t put protecting that information very high on the agenda.
Those that have recognised the need to protect their data are then faced with the challenge of knowing what the threats are and how to protect against
Data can be lost through hardware failure, software problems, malicious software such as viruses, theft of equipment, human error or major physical
disasters such as fire and flood. Considering all these issues can be a major challenge in its own right.