No matter how careful you are, there are so many ways you can lose your valuable data—whether it’s the assignment you’ve been working on for weeks or those precious family photos you’ve saved on your computer.
Here are the top six ways data loss happens:
1. Human error
Malware and ransomware get the headlines, but human mistakes take the top prize when it comes to data loss. You edit and delete things just about any time you’re on the computer. It just takes a second to delete something or overwrite it.
2. Hardware failure
Stuff breaks. Hard drives wear out. Computers crash. Without a backup system in place, it’s easy to lose important files. Recovering data from a failed hard drive is difficult and expensive. As many as 13% of hard drives may fail, according to a study done by Carnegie Mellon University. How old is your computer? The study shows the failure rate increases with each year of age and showed marked increases after years 3 and 5.
3. Corrupted software or files
A simple power outage can cause corrupted files. Hardware failure can also lead to corrupted files and make them unrecoverable.
4. Natural disasters
Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and flooding can lead to catastrophic loss. Even the most robust computer equipment won’t stand up to disasters. Even if your company provides on-site backup, it won’t be safe in a natural disaster.
5. Virus, malware, hackers, ransomware
With more portable devices being used at home and at work, there are more opportunities for malware and viruses to find you. Open the wrong email and you may get infected. Reports of hackers taking control of your computer and holding it for ransom are increasing. The FBI estimates that ransomware payments are estimated to hit a billion dollars annually.
It’s way too easy to leave your laptop behind when you leave the local coffee shop or library, or have someone passing through your business grab it and go. In addition to your physical device, signing on to public Wi-Fi hotspots can open you up to mischief by troublemakers looking to dig through your computer without your knowledge.
Time is money
When it’s work related, losing important data amounts to lost productivity. Whether you need to re-create the work you’ve already done—if that’s even possible—or you need to start from scratch, it takes time. And as they say, time is money.
When it’s your personal data, you can’t afford to lose your precious memories. Just as important is your financial and personal data that can allow thieves to steal your identity.
The best way to protect yourself is through secure, off-site, automatic backups. Mozy by Dell can help. Mozy is the world’s most trusted cloud backup service for consumers and businesses.