World Backup Day and why it is important to back up your files

Did you know that March 31st is Word Backup Day? Although you should be backing up your data and important files like documents, financial and other records on a regular basis this is a great time to start. Join Ridgeline Computer Solutions on World Backup Day to protect your asset and backup your files!

World Backup Statistics

Consider the following statistics from the World Backup Day website:

• 21% of people have never made a backup

• 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident

• 113 phones lost or stolen every minute

• 30% of all computers are already infected with malware

Still not convinced? If you should lose important files or have a hard drive failure you may need to pay a professional to try and recover them. However, there are no guarantees that the computer professional may be able to recover your files. And, in the process, it could cost you several hundred or thousands of dollars for them to try.

Also, a key thing to know and keep in mind is that there are several options when considering backing up your data. The key thing is to keep in mind that a local backup that you keep by your primary device or computer is not enough. In addition, if there is an accident in your home or business like a fire or natural disaster the backup will likely be lost along with your device or computer. That is why a hybrid approach is recommended.

Backup Methods

Below are different backup methods:

• Thumb drive/external hard drive. These drives typically connect to your computer via a USB port. They are easy to use and come in various storage capacities and the ability to hold several terabytes of data. However, and again, keep in mind that if you are storing this with your computer or device it is not enough.

• Online backup services. An online backup service stores your files in the Cloud and remotely away from your home or business. There are many providers available and well-known that are readily available are Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google Cloud.

• Network Area Storage (NAS). A NAS is usually used by smaller businesses as a possible option in an overall data backup strategy. These devices attach to your organization’s network and allows for a centralized backup of data.

Ridgeline Computer Solutions Databackup Tips

• Back up your data frequently. It is important to make sure that you are backing up your files on a regular basis. Why? You may be working on important file like a document, made significant updates and they are lost for some reason. By taking frequent backups, it helps to insure that needed files and versions are available to your when most needed.

• Use multiple backup options

• Attempt to recover your files

• Back up computers as well as other devices. Although you may be already backing up your computer, it is also important to make sure that you are also backing up other devices like your phone.

Confused what backup approach is best for you? Ridgeline Computer Solutions is here to help. We work with businesses and personal users advising of the best solution for their needs.

About Ridgeline Computer Solutions

Ridgeline Computer Solutions is an IT company that provides a wide array of services. These services include Managed IT Services, Disaster Prevention and Data Recovery, networking and Wi-Fi solutions, PC repair, virus removal, software updates and more. A core philosophy of Ridgeline Computer Solutions is to “solve problems before they start.”

Ridgeline is also known for its high levels of customer service, personalized attention and client satisfaction. We are the area’s top-rated IT firm as evidenced by Google Business Reviews. The company is also committed to giving back to the Somerset and Westmoreland communities and often sponsors various events.

Come and experience the Ridgeline difference today! Contact us or call 866-414-3331 today!