Data is the lifeblood of modern business and personal life. From advertising materials to customer lists, social contacts to irreplaceable photographs, nearly everything of importance is held in digital form, and yet such an important resource is often treated a little recklessly. It is still relatively rare for companies or individuals to have a fully robust back-up regime to ensure that their precious data remains secure.
Hardware disasters can happen to anyone, and data can be put at risk through any number of circumstances and events. While, if the worst comes to the worst, a company with expertise in data recovery can often rescue most if not all of your data, prevention is better than cure, and comprehensive back up procedures should be given priority. But why do so many people fail to do this? Here are four reasons.
False Sense of Security
Until catastrophic hardware failure happens to you, the idea of data loss can seem a little abstract. Surely modern technology has progressed beyond flimsy, unreliable storage technology? While there is some truth in that notion, even the most advanced, brand-new hard drives can fail for no apparent reason. It’s often only once data loss has happened that the value of back ups is fully appreciated.
Cumbersome Back Up Methods
If a backing up regime relies on someone remembering to carry it out manually on a regular schedule, it’s almost inevitable that the person with the responsibility will forget from time to time. What’s worse is that Murphy’s Law will ensure that any data loss that’s going to occur will be perfectly timed to coincide with the times when a back up has been overlooked. Setting up fully automated and foolproof back up systems is hugely preferable to relying on routine and a manual process.
Reliance On the Cloud
Services such as Dropbox and Google Drive provide a quick and easy way of storing data off-site, and provide a measure of protection against data loss. However, it’s not a true back-up solution. The terms and conditions of these services will usually make clear that the providers are not responsible for any data loss, and it’s more common than you might think for one of, say, Google’s many thousands of servers to fail, taking your data with it. Full data security relies on you taking responsibility for your own back ups, and not trusting it to the cloud.
Unreliable Back Up Equipment
Finally, even a well-thought out back up regime can fail if the equipment used isn’t up to scratch. It’s not uncommon for an older, outdated server or computer to be used for back up purposes, to save money on dedicated backing up equipment. Of course, this more aged hardware will tend to be the most unreliable, and once again Murphy’s Law will come into play: you can bet that your less-than-robust back up equipment will fail just when you need it most.
Setting up and maintaining a reliable data back up strategy isn’t one of the most exciting ways to spend your time. However, no matter how much wizardry a data recovery specialist may be able to perform, risking data loss is a situation you’d rather not put yourself in. Is it time to rethink your back up regime?