When it comes to protecting a business, something that is forgotten all-too-often is protecting your data. Have you thought about this important point?
Most business owners invest in surveillance systems, deadbolts, comprehensive business insurance and alarm services. And yet, all of their digital information is left completely vulnerable every day...
Think about it: your computers are full of incredibly valuable information like customer names and addresses, credit card numbers, and important marketing information.
What would you do if suddenly, you lost all of it?
It's happened to plenty of businesses. Natural disasters can easily destroy everything you've worked so hard to build. And, theft or vandalism of electronic equipment is always a possibility...
As you can see, it's very important to make sure that your business data is backed up!
There are several different options when it comes to backing up your business's data...
The first is to use an online backup service like Mozy Pro. Mozy backs up your data automatically and stores it on their secure server. Once you sign up for their service, there's nothing else you have to do.
Online backup services are probably the easiest way to make sure your business's data is protected.
So, what about backing up your data right there in your business?
Well, many businesses do this, but they make the mistake of storing their backups on-site, right next to the original data.
One easy fix is to use a separate hard drive for your backup. Perform your backup at least once per week, and then take the hard drive home with you. Keeping the data in a separate location is the best way to make sure it's safe!
Entrepreneur Magazine reports that external hard drive backups are the easiest, cheapest solutions for small businesses.
And what do you do if an external hard drive is too small for your backup needs and you don't want to store your information online?
Well, you might want to think about tape backup systems...
The negative to tape backup systems is that they're a bit pricey. Most run $1,000 or more.
But the good news?
The good news is that they're really reliable. And, because the tapes themselves are so small, they can easily be transported to an offsite location.
Many businesses get a safe deposit box at a bank to store their tapes. Or, you can store your tapes in your business as long as they go in a fireproof safe.
You've spent a lot of time and a lot of money building your business. Making sure that your hard work is protected is well worth the investment!