Data Backups: Who, What, Where, When and Why?

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Data loss can strike at any time, and the cost of recovery will be high—unless you have a recent, usable backup.

Backup copies are a form of insurance against a devastating data loss that can be caused by hardware failure, human error, cyberattacks and natural disasters. More than three-quarters of U.S. small and mid-sized businesses reported a cyberattack in 2019—an 21% more than the prior year.

Everyone needs to back up. Yet many don’t. According to a survey, 20% of computer owners have never backed up their data and 25% backup only once each year.

What to back up

Back up data that is difficult and time-consuming to recreate or recover. For personal data, this includes:

  • Personal identification documents. such as copies of a driver’s license or a passport
  • Educational and employment records, including awards, promotions, commendations
  • Medical records, especially paper records
  • Passwords and contact lists
  • Photos, video, or music files—including what is on phones and computers.

When to back up

Back up on a regular schedule. For a family, backing up several times each year may be sufficient. If you take a lot of photos or work from home as a contractor or creative professional, consider backing up more frequently. Most businesses would benefit from an automated system for daily or weekly backups.

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