The concept of being prepared is a bit like insurance – it doesn’t really matter and you don’t really need it until something bad happens. Because it’s not always an urgent need, it’s easy to forget about it.
MozyHome customer Beth Lutz found this out when her home caught on fire and she lost valuable family pictures:
“It’s easy to imagine the impact of a disaster on the physical items in your home or business, but we often overlook the value of what’s stored on our computers, servers, and tablets,” said Dave Robinson, VP of Marketing at Mozy. “The irreplaceable photos, videos, financial documents, and business files on your laptops and servers are just as susceptible to fire and water damage as the furniture, printers, and file cabinets. Both are important and need to be protected.”
Mozy recommends a few simple steps to make sure your digital assets are protected:
- Store copies of important physical documents in a safe place locally as well as offsite.
- Sign up for an online backup service – to protect everything important on your computer.
- Make sure your antivirus software is up to date.
- Consider investing in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) if your area is prone to power surges or failures.
- Scan important physical documents so you have a digital copy as well.
- Keep a hard copy list of your important passwords, and consider using a password manager program.
Disaster can strike businesses, too. Pelindaba Lavendar farm in the San Juan Islands lost their building to a fire:
No matter the emergency, September is an ideal time to get started with your preparation. A good place to start is the FEMA checklist found at www.ready.gov. Mozy’s secure online backup offers you peace of mind, knowing that your files are protected in the case of a disaster.