The recent scenes from Cumbria have shown us all just how vulnerable our homes and businesses can be. But for many, the damage was not just to the physical parts of their business, but also their crucial business records too.
Client details, accounts and invoices could be lost when computers are damaged in this way.
So what can you do to protect your business from floods like these, as well as other dangers like fires, viruses and human errors, all of which could wipe your computers clean?
Even with the best physical back-ups in the world, you can guarantee that the day you don't get round to backing up your data will be the day you'll really wish you had. That's where online data back up really comes into its own.
Back up off site, online
Online back-up using cloud-based systems is the ideal solution for small and medium-sized businesses because it takes your data and stores it safely elsewhere, ready to be restored whenever you need it. The back-up takes place automatically, so no one needs to find time in their busy schedule to do it, you don't need any expensive hardware or external drives, and no one has to remember to take the discs home at the end of the day.
Best of all, because the system only backs up changes, the whole process is quick and efficient and won't use up all your internet bandwidth.
Safe and secure
Some customers worry about the security of their data when it is backed up online, but most online services, including BackupVault, for example, encrypt all data before it leaves your business and store it securely.
Efficient and cost effective
Cloud-based data back-up services cost from £10 per month - which could be considerably cheaper than what many small firms spend on discs and drives, plus the personnel time to do the physical back ups.
If the worst ever does happen, and you lose your business data, a cloud-based back-up system allows you to retrieve your data in just a few clicks of a mouse.
No-one wants to wake up to find their business has been washed away, so don't risk it. Back up online so your data is safe whatever happens.
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