How often do you think about backing up all of your data of your PC, Laptop or Website? Rarely.
According to a recent survey, 25% of people never backed up their computer.
However, among 75% of people surveyed last year who do perform data backups, only 8% back up daily, 9% weekly, 19% do it monthly and 39% back up their data yearly.
If you’re a Chart person, then the pie chat below shows how often people backup all of their data on their computers :
How often you back up?
Source: 2015 Backblaze Backup Awareness Survey
This is a worrying sign, as with each passing day, the importance of data backup is increasing for many reasons.
It’s important to routinely get into the habit of backing up all your data. Although the awareness about the importance of Data Backup in increasing (in 2008, 38 percent never backed up all their data). The awareness has still to catch up.
Hence it’s important to get into the habit of backing up data routinely. The more frequent back ups the better. Especially when your work pertains the new important and sensitive data piling up every day.
Here are 8 most common and simple data backup options for people to ensure that their data is safe, always accessible. It’s good to follow this advice: Always have more than one backup to be on the safer side [Info courtesy: ESS Distribution, the leading provider of IT security solutions in Indian market]
- USB pendrive: this is the easiest and the cheapest way as USB sticks are easily available at your doorstep. However, their portability means they are easy to lose. Also, the number of read/write cycles a pendrive can take is probably less than some other backup storage devices.
- External hard drive: most common method as external hard drives provide you larger capacity, better performance and cannot be lost easily. However, as any hard drive, the external ones are potentially open to malware infection and data loss in case of power cuts. it makes sense for one more reason. Recently my desktop PC started acting weiredly. It sometimes starts, sometimes not. I took it to a computer vendor, he told me the harddisk needs to be formatted. Since for that I have to leave the data with him, my data was at threat. But since I usually backup my hard disk data routinely. I told him to format the hard disk in front of me; and start installing the Operating System. Once done I will leave the PC in his custody. Later, when the problem still persisted, it came to me that it might be RAM error. Actually, it was.
- Network Attached Storage: this option was initially considered more suitable for businesses, but provided the amount of data generated and stored by every household, the growing number of computers and other devices at home make dedicated wireless storage solution a good option, although price factor should be taken into account.
- Cloud Storage: there are plenty of third party cloud storage options, including completely free, paid, or free with paid extras. You can explore iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Mega and many other options. A good reason to go for cloud storage is automation possibilities, and plenty amount of space that is given even in free options. However, cloud backup requires good and continuous internet connection, which can be a challenge in a country like India. Safety is another concern as you have no control over security breaches in cloud services.
- BackUp and Recovery Software: Backing up data using one of the options described above can be tough and time-consuming. However, there is a long list of both free and paid backup and recovery utilities that help you save copies of important files to a separate pendrive, hard drive or cloud. Having many configurations and tools, including file encryption, backup solutions generally support differential backups and incremental backups in addition to full backups which helps saving time on regular backups.
- Print out: As simple as that. Print out your contacts and passwords or other important files and store them in a very safe place. While it doesn’t solve the backup problem for most if the users, it is certainly better than nothing as it can protect your e-mail and social media accounts in case of security breach. Also, it is not a bad option for non-tech-savvy people. Remember, though, that extensive printing challenges the environment.
- Prevent ransomware and other malware infections on your system: 5 basic rules to protect your system from ransomware and other malware that can harm your data.
- And Finally, to back up the data on blogs, websites and other online properties which you run or where you create content; make it a point to routinely backup all the Data. This can be done using reputed Cloud Storage services.
Hope you follow the above data backing up options.