Living an e-lifestyle makes running a business more convenient, accessible and efficient. However, while the tools and technology we use can help our lives and business perform effectively, there is always a potential that disaster could strike, hard drives could crash, and all our important, stored data and records could be lost.
As a small business owner, it is always best to be prepared with a data recovery plan beforehand. Here are top tips to prevent data loss, and keep your business and information safe!
Be prepared. When it comes to your business, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst in order to avoid disaster. Experts recommend creating an emergency action plan for all data associated with your business. Keep track of all your data stored electronically, and make sure the updated list is stored not only on your computer, but also in a cloud-based storage place (such as Dropbox), and it is always safe to have a recently printed copy outline, as well. Finally, it is good to do a bit of research into reputable, secure data recovery vendors. In case you ever need one, you already have a place to start.
Back it up. First and foremost, make sure your protection software is up-to-date, as this is your computers first line of defense. Don’t put off those security updates! Second, never assume that your computer is protected from incoming viruses just because you have protection software, and be sure to scan all incoming data for corruption. We recommend not opening attachments from an impersonal or strange email, as they could be damaging corrupt files. Additionally, it is a smart idea to invest in a backup system and establish a formal backup procedure to make copies of all critical data files.
In case of emergency, call! If the worst case scenario does present itself, do not wait to reach out to a data recovery specialist. Even though it may cost a little more, your hard-drive essentially holds the heart of your business and you certainly don’t want to risk further damage. Do your homework when selecting the vendor, and make sure they come recommended, and have plenty of experience and good results in a similar situation.
While we all hope that data loss never occurs, sometimes life is unpredictable (natural disasters strike, computers crash and systems can go down), so it is always best to have a well-established plan –just in case!