Keep one step ahead and prevent data loss with these simple business tips

As a business, collecting and maintaining company and client data is part of your everyday cycle. But did you know that keeping that information safe and secure is even more important?

The idea of losing data doesn’t sound like too much of a big deal, however, when you consider that the information you’re handling daily is confidential, personal and also financial, the prospect of total data loss suddenly seems incredibly foolish and dangerous.

It may have been deleted, overwritten, accidentally destroyed by clumsy employees or even stolen by cybercriminals. The fact is that when you’re facing any kind of data loss if it’s rendered irretrievable, your business could struggle to recover.

So, how can you prevent such a catastrophic event from happening?

Read on to discover how you can keep one step ahead and prevent data loss with these simple business tips.

Invest in a disaster recovery plan

Disaster Recovery as a Service – like this plan from Probrand – is probably the safest and most responsible way to preserve and recover your data in case of emergency.

With DRaaS, you and your business can get back online within minutes, which means no frustrated clients, no loss of earnings and no unproductive downtime.

Being able to access all your files with just a few clicks, puts you in complete control of your IT infrastructure. And as a bonus, you’ll always have world-class technical support to guide you through any queries or concerns you may have. 

Be proactive and dispose of data

Old spreadsheets, clients who no longer use your services, old financial data – if you’re no longer using certain pieces of data or they’re no longer relevant, dispose of them!

Removing data from electronic devices is simple and effective, and any hard copies can simply be shredded. If you’re switching to a new laptop or technical device, ensure that everything is wiped and deleted before you dispose of the gadget. 

Encrypt your data

Preventing unauthorised access to your data will keep it safe from hackers, cybercriminals and employees who may accidentally access files they don’t need. When you encrypt your files, you’re converting this data into a code that is incredibly difficult for anyone – except those with access or authorisation – to obtain.

Passwords are key

When it comes to data, password protection goes a long way. When you opt for a weak, easy to fathom password, it’s like handing over the keys to your home to a burglar.

Why make it so easy for them? Passwords should be a combination of numbers, upper- and lower-case letters as well as symbols. These should be changed every few months.

Every account, every network, every work phone and laptop. The more protective you are, the harder it will be for hackers to access your data.

And finally, speak to the professionals 

Recovering data in the event of a data disaster should be quick and easy. Otherwise, your business could be left floundering whilst you figure out what went wrong. Speak with the experts today to discuss putting a disaster recovery service in place. 

Photo by Annie Spratt