Celebrate World Backup Day

In celebration of World Backup Day, here are Five Top Tips provided by Fasthosts’ General Manager, Simon Yeoman, to show you how to effectively use Backup and protect yourself against disaster. If you don’t already backup, or do but on an adhoc basis just think about the feeling you get when you’ve worked really hard on something- and then it’s lost. No-one wants that. Follow these tips for best practice so you’ll never have to face that agonising moment again.

  1. What should you Backup?

First you need to define what it is that you need to back-up. Normally, anything that you wouldn’t be able to save following a reboot would fall into this category including documents, content from the web, databases, pictures and configurations, to name just a few.

  1. Save time with Automatic Backup

Make it easy for yourself. Choose a provider that allows unlimited automatic backups of your files so that after the initial set up, it’s easier to concentrate on day to day tasks, without having to remember to backup up individual files. After your first backup, you’ll benefit from each following upload being much smaller. Remember once a month it’s a good idea to test the output of your backup and make sure that all the data is readable and complete.

  1. Invest in secure Backup

The two biggest concerns with backup are infrastructure issues and hacking. The first is easy to counter – if you backup to the Cloud you don’t have to maintain the infrastructure yourself, so someone else will take care of this for you, freeing you and your clients up to concentrate on what you do best. The topic of hacking is a common worry but providers have become really efficient at compressing and encoding files with the latest encryption methods to keep your data safe online.

  1. Choose Cloud based Backup

Basing your backup in the Cloud, you can quickly and easily restore individual or multiple files from any location with just one basic requirement- an internet connection. Using the Cloud you’ll have access to unlimited copies of your files and will be able to restore from any point in time, even adding extra space as and when you need to. Another great benefit of the Cloud is that if your device gets damaged all you need to do is download the software again onto a new machine and you can pick up where you stopped.

  1. Protect all the devices you use

Modern technology has heralded the age of remote working. People don’t just use one computer or even one server, files are routinely passed from one user to another and data is stored in a variety of ways. It’s really important to make sure that all these devices are protected so your data or your client’s data doesn’t fall through the gap- some providers will even offer this free of charge.

According to research from The London Chamber of Commerce, 90 per cent of UK businesses that lose data from a disaster do shut down within 2 years of the disaster, showing how important it is to backup mission critical information and not take risks with data.  Will you show your support and take some time today to backup your data and take the World Backup Day pledge?

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