Data loss can wreak havoc on anyone's life, but for business owners, this will ring particularly true. Because losing data is such a common occurrence, and one is almost impossible to protect yourself from in all circumstances, certain precedents must be taken in order to keep the information on your computers as safe as possible. By backing up your system regularly, you are giving yourself and your business the best possible chance of going on uninterrupted by a frustrating data loss occurrence. It may feel unnecessary if you have not yet experienced such an unfortunate accident, but consider how much critical information is kept in your computers. What would happen if it were all lost? Without the answer to this question is something other than catastrophic amounts of damage, be smart and keep your system backed up.
The list of events that could cause you to lose critical data is almost endless. Hackers are running rampant these days, targeting any system flaws in order to “helpfully” point them out, and their malicious attacks can be devastating. Computer viruses can sometimes slip through your defenses, corrupting critical information. There are many causes, however, that are much simpler and without cruel intentions at all. A simple power outage can cause a major loss of data. You may have fair warning of such an event, although if there is a big storm forecast to come through your area, but sometimes we simply can not know when a power line will be hit, and our computers and businesses affected. For this reason, even if you feel like you are generally pretty safe, having your system backed up on a regular basis will keep you covered for those unexpected moments when the plug is dropped on your normal flow of information, and critical items lost.
Keep Your Business Moving
It is true that sometimes not even a well backed up system will be able to have one hundred percent of information recovered after an unfortunate event like a power outage. However, as long as the last backup was reliably recent, most of your data should be safe and ready to be returned to you, intact. This may mean that you lose a day's worth of work, but this is almost certainly preferable to losing an entire project. In those panicked moments when you are still considering the possibility that weeks 'or even months' worth of work has been lost forever, you will be glad to have the relief of a safely kept duplicate, so that you can continue with business as usual.