Are You Backing Up Your Data?

Most of us use computers for both our businesses and personal lives. What would happen if the information in our computers was lost or destroyed? Would you lose valuable information to run your business, such as the amounts due from your customers? What about the 1,200 pictures that you took with your phone or digital camera over the last five years? Here are a few simple options for backing up your data:

Offsite remote backup: There are many companies out there that will backup your data remotely and securely over the internet for a nominal cost. For instance, QuickBooks can backup your QuickBooks file for a small fee each month. Plenty of companies are out there that will backup your entire hard drive, but you need to make sure that the company is both reputable, financially strong, and that your data is secure.

External or Second Hard Drive: Starting at less than $100, you can purchase an additional hard drive that backs up your data on a regular basis. This is not very difficult, as the hard drive can be connected to a USB drive, along with installing the backup software, and now you are ready.

These are just some of the most basic ways to backup your data, but it is always advisable to speak to a computer consultant when dealing with complex issues.