What Puts Your Data at Risk?

People who work in the world of data know how precarious it can be. One accidental file deletion or unpredictable natural disaster can quickly erase years of data from a single server storage location or device. In today’s fast-paced business environment, data protection is more critical than ever. Here are some of the most common ways you could lose your data.

We produce millions of zettabytes of data every year, and it’s at risk if it’s not backed up.

1: Human Error

When file storage and protection is up to individuals, there are plenty of ways that things can go wrong. Even people who mean well can accidentally delete the wrong version of a file, overwrite an important file, or eliminate entire folders from your servers. Perhaps one of the most famous examples in the tech world was when the files for Pixar’s Toy Story 2 were almost entirely deleted in the middle of production by an erroneous command. If you don’t have a backup version of your data available somewhere, even minor errors can quickly become major problems. Even in your personal life these types of errors can be extremely frustrating when you delete a favorite photo or save over a file you need.

You probably can’t avoid human error, but you can get a cloud storage solution that automatically backs up your files and creates version histories to go back and retrieve information when those errors inevitably occur.

2: Viruses and Malware

There are millions of virus and malware attacks targeting computers and networks every month and new ones emerging every day. For both businesses and individuals, the threat of hackers, viruses, malware, spyware, and other programs infecting a computer or network are a serious issue. If you have all your data in a single place it’s much more vulnerable that if it’s backed up by cloud storage.

3: Device Failure

Another common way that people lose data is through device failure. Computer, servers, tablets, and smartphones have thousands of parts. Even if the error doesn’t completely wipe out all your files, you may not be able to access the device anymore. That means all your hard work, files, and vacation photos are gone if you don’t have it backed up somewhere besides the local drive.

4: Theft or Loss

Another problem that many people run into is device theft. With laptops and portable electronics like our cell phones and tablets, we can take information and files anywhere. Beyond the immediate privacy concerns when a personal device is lost or stolen are the concerns with all the files you will likely never recover.

5: Natural Disasters

They’re impossible to predict and can hit quickly—everything from fire and flood to hurricanes and earthquakes. If you haven’t backed up your data, even a small natural disaster could paralyze your operations for weeks or months, or even result in a total loss of data.

Don’t fall victim to these or any of the other threats to your data. Storage Whale offers an easy and unlimited cloud-based data storage solution to help you backup and keep all that data safe.