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Mar 22 2011   7:50AM GMT

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up

David Scott David Scott Profile: David Scott

 

Well, it happened to me:  My laptop’s operating system corrupted and I had to re-install it.

 

Fortunately, I had a comprehensive backup, which made me whole once I reinstalled the O/S.

 

I’m a self-employed consultant, so it would have been a bit embarrassing had I not been able to recover.  Perhaps it would have even been professionally crippling:  Loss of client information, billing records, data… even business reputation. 

 

In the case of lost data and associated problems, even large enterprises and sizable medium-scale businesses get bit.  We frequently hear about these situations in the news:  Remember the Heartland Payment Systems data breach?  How about something from this month?  Health Net, Inc. has a data breach investigation going on affecting 1.9 million patient records.  Ouch.

 

It’s interesting to Google “Largest Data Breach” and “Most Recent Data Breaches”… have a look at what comes up.  Another interesting area of perusal is The Chronology of Data Breaches, as reported by The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC).

 

I’d forgotten that March 6th through 12th was the 13th annual National Consumer Protection Week – but better late than never.  The PRC still has their Top 5 Privacy Tips for that week headlined, as well as tips for privacy protection during tax season, best practices regarding identity theft perils, and others.  It’s a handy reference – check in from time-to-time.

 

As to small business:  I know several small business owners and operators.  For many, backups are… well… almost an afterthought.  They’re performed sporadically, they’re not comprehensive enough, stuff is overlooked, and suddenly… something happens and critical data and business information is lost.

 

It’s simple enough to procure an outboard drive; “storage is cheap,” as we like to say.  You can easily get a backup routine scheduled with simple-to-use software.  At a minimum, just kick off a whole-drive backup manually – run it overnight.

 

Even for personal laptops/computers that aren’t involved in business use:  You can’t imagine all the stored passwords and IDs that you’ve forgotten, for such things as social networking, banking, downloads, blogging, etc., etc.

 

Don’t wait:  Back up.

 

On This Day:  In 1960, the first patent for lasers was granted to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes.

 

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