It’s inevitable; at some point, mechanical devices will fail. Laptops are stolen, phones are dropped in water, ipads shatter into oblivion, and natural disasters can occur. It’s already frustrating and expensive enough when we have to replace our electronic devices, but it can be even more difficult to place a value on the lost data we use to run our businesses.

Your company’s data is an asset, and just like you protect your building with fire and flood insurance, you should protect your data by ensuring that it is properly backed up and can be easily accessed in the event that it is lost. The only way to avoid a data loss disaster is to prepare for one in advance, and these are some steps that you should take:

Perform regular updates on your electronic devices. Viruses and malware are still a huge problem for computers; make sure your devices are updated with the most current anti-virus software to prevent data corruption.

Shut your systems down properly. When you shut your computer down, make sure to close out any applications that are running and save your data. Failure to do so could result in data loss.

Protect against power surges and disturbances. Large surges in voltage can permanently damage electronics. Consider investing in an Uninterruptible Power System (UPS) to protect your devices.

Regularly complete a local backup and restore. A complete and encrypted back-up of all your systems and data should be performed and stored on-site at your business. If your data is lost, this will allow you to recover it as quickly as possible.

Have your data replicated and stored off-site. After your data has been encrypted and backed up, a copy should be made and replicated to a secure data center in the event of theft or natural disaster. This will allow you to recover your data via internet connectivity even if local delivery is not an option.

Upload your data to a cloud. Uploading your data to cloud technology will allow you to remotely access your data from almost anywhere, or Worldlink can do it for you. Set your computers to automatically back up to your cloud storage during low activity.

Keep hard copies of indispensable documents. If all else fails, it never hurts to have hard copies of your business’s most important documents securely stored off site.

If your company does face a data loss disaster, Worldlink Integration Group can help you recover everything from a deleted file to a whole server room lost in a fire if your systems are backed up off-site or to a cloud. We also offer comprehensive, secure data backup services that will allow you to have peace of mind knowing that your company’s information is always at an arm’s length should something go wrong.

Have you experienced a data loss disaster? If so, how did you recover your information? Tell us in the comments below or drop us a line!