Data is everywhere. And for many users, their data is everything. Documents, photos, videos, and other files cover years of life lived, experiences shared, and work completed. But recent research shows that the cost of lost or stolen data is on the rise. For businesses, the average cost per record rose $158 last year. For personal users, meanwhile, it’s easy to make the case that real “data loss” only happens to large companies and enterprises. After all, you’re careful with your data—always super cautious about saving information and even duplicating on to a USB stick or external hard drive. There’s no chance you could ever lose your data, right?
Let’s suppose you’re really careful. Like really careful with your data; you never shut down your laptop or desktop without making sure that files are properly saved, stored in the right directory, and time-stamped within the last few minutes. Plus, you’re regularly backing up everything to a USB stick or hard drive. What’s the worst that could happen? For starters:
Lost or stolen: You get distracted at the coffee shop and someone runs off with your laptop, or it gets lost in the shuffle when you move to a new apartment. Sure, you’ve got that memory stick, but when was the last time you backed it up?
Hard drive failure: Hard drives aren’t perfect, and a recent study found that some have failure rates pushing 10 percent. If your hard drive stops spinning, your data goes kaput.
Ransomware: Maybe you opened that email attachment marked “URGENT” or visited a shady website. And maybe your PC is infected with ransomware, locking you out of your files. Every. Single. File.
It’s funny, right?
And those are just the “ordinary” ways to lose all your data. We’ve all had days where Murphy’s Law seems out to get us. What about:
Pool party: Don’t laugh. It happens. You’re on vacation, bring the laptop for work or play and after a day of too much sun and fun someone bumps your device and…splash!
Scary spills: You’re up late or starting early, barely hanging on. Your cup of coffee somehow misses the mark or your kids burst in and…hisssssss. Computers and caffeine don’t mix.
E-rage: We’ve all thought about it: Tossing that laptop off a balcony or breaking it in two when it won’t cooperate. If you’re tired enough, stressed enough, or had the worst day, your device may not make it through the night.
Of course, none of these scenarios could happen to you. Right? But just to be on the safe side, it’s worth considering another line of defense: Cloud-based storage from Mozy that automatically replicates your data and can restore lost or stolen files if laptops go missing or physical drives bite the dust. Plus, it’s one less thing for you to worry about. Use your device, live your life, and let Mozy take care of the rest.