Back it up

Written on 21 August, 2012 by Verity Meagher
Categories Web Design & ContentWeb HostingTags security

Backing up your data may seem like a small task, but failure to do so can have big implications for your business. Losing data such as customer information, financial records, vital documents and your website files, which can set you back years - and seriously damage your credibility in the process. Here are three factors to help you tailor a foolproof data backup strategy.

Choose your data wisely

If you run a company, some disaster recovery and security management practices are negotiable and others - such as archiving your data daily - can make or break your business. In the first instance, write a plan that clearly outlines your critical data and make sure this includes everything from recently modified files and emails to accounting information. Knowing exactly what you have backed up will help you stay one stead ahead if disaster should strike.

How often should I back up?

Once you have created a record of this essential data, make sure you install a software program that backs up your data on a regular basis. It's wise to pick a program that automatically zip files - this saves storage space and increases data security. The frequency with which you should run your data backups largely depends on how often you make changes to your data. Businesses that constantly amend files and deal with high inputs of data should run daily or hourly backups, but those that are more static may be in a position to back up less frequently.

Choosing a backup that fits

When choosing a data backup that is right for your business, it pays to keep the benefits and disadvantages of each in mind. A full data backup is the most comprehensive kind of backup you can run. This sort of backup replicates the files in your entire database, and is your best bet when it comes to safeguarding your vital information.

However, if you want to back up your data several times a day, it might be better to opt for an incremental backup. Rather than creating multiple copies, incremental backups create versions of a file based only on the modified elements of the original document. This kind of backup ensures that essential changes have been captured and is generally faster than full data options. But in many instances, a differential backup is the best option. Differential backups work by cumulatively backing up every change made since the last full data backup, a feature that results in quicker recovery times.

When it comes to backup strategy, remember that prevention is better than cure. Make sure you make data protection a priority to preserve your critical business information along with your peace of mind.

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