Small business owners should prepare their data for major disasters.

Disaster-proofing businesses through online data backup

Stephen Perkins

For many small business owners, unexpected problems are a common occurrence. However, there is one potential problem that owners should always be prepared for—losing their data in a natural or man-made disaster. 

According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, PCWorld's Paul Mah reported. In addition, FoxBusiness recently cited a Carbonite study which found that an estimated 51 percent of Americans have experienced a computer crash that permanently wiped out their data. 

These numbers should be heeded as a warning by small business owners who may not be prepared to go into data recovery mode in the event of a disaster. Far too many people rely on external hard drives or flash drives to back up their information, which experts warn are not immune to major disaster scenarios. Such devices can be lost or stolen, and most users do not continuously backup information on a daily basis. 

In order to make sure business data is disaster-proof, owners should have at least two methods for data storage, with one method involving data stored at an offsite location. The most foolproof solution is finding an affordable online backup company with a good track record that offers features such as continuous data protection​ and data encyption. 

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup