Backups: Is my data safe when EVERYTHING goes wrong?
What would you do if your data was gone, without any kind of warning? How would that impact your life or work? Catastrophes happen in life, often unexpected and uncontrollable. The loss of personal or business data could definitely be considered a catastrophe for most people.
A very recent example is the hurricanes on the east coast. The residents were warned in advance and instructed to evacuate. Some heeded the warnings from local officials but others did not. Some people decided they would stick it out and ride out the storm. So what happens to a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that is soaked in water – it is FRIED! So what does that mean for the data on any of these devices? Well, you can bet it’s gone too. So would your data be safe in the event of a flood?
Have you ever heard of Ransomware? Malwarebytes, a leader in the malware protection marketplace, defines ransomware as a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment in order to regain access to them. Ransomware is often transmitted through unsolicited emails with infected attachments or embedded hyperlinks to malicious websites.
The worst of its kind will attack your files and encrypt them, demanding payment to decrypt and return your files. But even if you did pay the ransom, there is no guarantee the criminals will give back the decrypted files. If you were attacked by ransomware, would your data be safe?
What about a fire? What would happen to your data if your house or place of business suddenly caught fire and burned to the ground? Would your data be safe from a fire?
These are all examples of catastrophes that happen to people every single day in America. Is your data safe if everything goes wrong? Would you be ready? The only way to prepare is to have backups. And the best and most efficient way to ensure your data is safe is by backing up in the cloud. Cloud backup is where your data is transferred over the internet to a server located at a data center somewhere off-site.
Redundancy is often built in to Cloud backups by creating multiple copies of the backed up data at different locations. This helps to ensure the protection of the data in the event of a problem or failure at the primary data center. The cost of cloud backup services is normally calculated based on the size and amount of data being stored offsite.
If you don’t back up your data in the cloud, maybe you should be. What would happen if everything went wrong? Contact SandStorm IT at 901-475-0275 for all your cloud backup needs.