Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Then you need data backups and security!
Ransomware is malware that infects a user’s machine and encrypts all their files. Once it does this, the ransomware will demand money (usually a cryptocurrency) in exchange for decrypting your data. There is no guarantee that they will even do this though! Therefore, the best way to protect against a ransomware attack is to restore your data from a backup that was before the ransomware was installed on the infected machine/ server.
Nature can be unpredictable, this means that floods, earthquakes or hurricanes can happen at any time. Disasters like these will absolutely devastate infrastructure and the data connected to it. A simple cloud backup will ensure that you recover most, if not all of your lost data. Many small businesses bank on no data loss occurring on their systems, but 70% of small firms go out of business upon a large data loss incident. Would you want to take that risk?
No one is perfect. All it takes is for someone to accidentally delete a table in a database or misconfigure a server, and your data could suffer huge losses. With even the simplest of backups the scale of data loss can be waned down to maybe a few hours of work instead of days, months or even years of work and data.
Theft. Theft has to be considered in everything; thieves will always look for ways to make money. It doesn’t even have to be about your data, thieves mostly steal wipe and resell mobiles, PC’s and whatever tech they can get their hands on. However, just because a thief doesn’t always care about your data, you will get better peace of mind knowing that you can both recover your data and (if your backups are partnered with encryption on your devices) know that your data is safe.
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In short, be safe and use at least one type of backup solution.
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