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Breaches can occur for many reasons. Perhaps a website you have used in the past has been compromised, exposing login details and passwords. Or perhaps you have been the victim of a sophisticated email phish. It is important to ensure compromised accounts and passwords are changed – both at the exposed site and any other services that share the same login. 

If you have been the victim of an account compromise please get in touch. For more prevention tips on password security please take a look at our blog posts on security.

Data backup is for life – not just for Christmas!

A recent survey found many computer users, over 52 percent, do not have a backup solution in place, failing to backup any data. However, in contrast, 80 percent claimed they would be upset if they lost any of their data. Within this survey – data loss was very commonly experienced with 70 percent having experienced it at some point. Which category do you fall into? The one with a backup solution in place? Those who would be upset if their data (pictures, documents etc.) was lost forever? Or perhaps you have already experienced the stress of it all.

According to a Google study of hard drive failures, disk drives over a year old have about a 1 in 10 chance of failure each year. At this rate 1 of every 2 drives will fail every 5 years. A person that has a hard drive in their computer and an external drive for that period is nearly guaranteed to have one die.

Rather worrying isn’t it? A hard drive is an essential component inside your computer – at the same time it is a ticking time bomb (a case of when; not if it fails).

93% of companies that lost their data centre for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)

The stakes are much higher when it comes to business data, with many people using computers within their business but also working from home on their residential machine. Not only precious family photos are at stake – businesses rely on data nowadays and with it suddenly gone, many fail to survive.

So what can we do about it? It’s simple – Backup!?Backup!?Backup! Anything that is important to you, from pictures of loved ones (or the dog) to critical accounting documents. Ideally backups should be both local (on premise) and in the cloud (or offsite). There are many solutions available catering for different needs and budgets. ?As always please get in touch for advice and how we can help you.

 

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