Backups, they are boring. They are time consuming and no one has that sort of time, right?

The thought of a backup is normally one that small businesses concentrate little on and yet rely on immensely when things go pear-shaped. The whole process gets even less thought and respect from those of us using our home computers.

Large enterprises and most medium-sized businesses will employ a team of people purely to look after their backups, so what’s the difference? Is it Money? Is it time? Maybe it’s just that no one really sees the benefit until it’s too late?

Home Users

Why would you not back up? If you have a computer that you do any sort of work on, or store pictures on surely it’s worth something to you?

What happens if you click on that link you shouldn’t have and you get hit with ransomware? Do you want to pay a few hundred pounds to get your stuff back, or pay a few quid now and just restore it later?

What if your hard disk decides it’s done, and packs it’s bags. You can replace that drive for under £50, but where are all the files that stored, all those baby and holiday photos?

GONE. Forever a memory. Unless you have a backup.

They don’t need to cost a lot, and can be done quickly. Keeping things as simple as copying all your photos to a flash drive and keeping it separated from your PC will be enough for most of you. There are a myriad of Cloud storage vendors that will give you storage for nothing if you don’t have spare flash drives. (Please check the vendors security, don’t presume they are all equal)

Take a quick example:

I have user who backs his own laptop up periodically, using an automated task to an external hard drive. The drive he uses cost him £19, and he stores a full copy of all files on it, and leaves it at home. He also has cloud storage that he moves files to when he is travelling and wants to be sure he has a copy of the information.

The things he uses:

  • SyncToy software, configured to copy all files from one location to another at a given time. Cost: £0
  • USB thumb drive- 64GB Cost: £19
  • Google Drive online storage. Cost: £0

A few weeks ago, that laptop packed up (after 4 years of very hard work, it decided it had reached retirement). Said user had a new laptop the next day, but there were no working documents, no photos or videos to see.

A simple use of a thumb drive and a quick copy and paste, he’s back to where he was at his last backup. It cost him £19.

Students

Working on that dissertation? Research project? Don’t be a plum, make sure your work is saved and backed up regularly. Your learning establishment will undoubtedly have advice around this, but let us know if you need help.

Businesses

Well, if I have to say it, you’re probably already doing it wrong. BACKUP YOUR DATA!

You will have a system failure, or a cyber attack, or a general cock-up that means you will lost company data. Your only option is to restore it from a backup, make sure you have one.

You will need to pay for it, you will need to maintain it. But trust me, it’s not worth the hassle of not having one.

Think of the hassle of contacting customers to explain that their order details have been lost, or that the documentation on their project has been destroyed.

OR, you could have a regular good backup that you can employ and have it all up in a matter of hours, and life continues.

If you have any question around Backups, business continuity or disaster recovery, feel free to speak to your current IT suppliers or speak to our pals at Centric Security about your options.

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