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Pt. 2: Everyday data loss: 3 ways your data will leave you

We’ve spoken about data loss before. But not just any data loss… data loss that happens all the time, to every person, in situations that can only be described as “everyday.” And we thought it was only natural to complement Part 1 with a Part 2.

So here it is… three more “everyday” situations that can and will pull a disappearing act on your data.

On Accident

Accidents happen all the time. And when it comes to your technology – and your data – accidents happen more than all the time.

You spill water. You press a button you shouldn’t have pressed. You break your laptop. You lose your phone. It’s just the way the cookie – and your data – crumble.

And while you can’t avoid all accidents forever, you can prevent many of them from occurring. But to do this, you’ll need to train your employees on what to look for and what not to do. The more aware they are of data loss and the types of situations that encourage data loss, the more likely they are to avoid data loss altogether. In other words, data loss will remain top of mind and not tucked into deep dark corners that no one dares to enter.

On Purpose

Yes. Believe it or not, data loss does happen on purpose. And when it does happen on purpose, it’s not pretty, fun, or anything you want to be anywhere near.

Employees get angry, and sometimes, employees get so angry that they’re willing to tamper with your data, corrupt it, or wipe it from your database. If you encounter a situation like this, it’s not good for business. Your business will look unprepared, immature, and unprofessional – three things your business never wants to look like.

In this case, it’s important to take proactive steps. And a big first step would be to get your internal procedures under control. In other words, what happens when someone is fired? How do you handle their access and login credentials and how quickly should it be handled? It’s also important to consider how much access your employees are given. Not everyone in the building needs access to absolutely everything. Limit access and you can potentially limit data loss.

Because of Power

A power surge… A power outage… these situations are common in the business world. But when a surge or outage happens to your hardware, your data might not come out of it feeling too hot. It could potentially result in a lost file, lost files, or a completely destroyed hard drive. You never know.

Surge protectors can help… but not in every case. So your best bet is to make sure your data is fully backed up at all times. But it shouldn’t just be backed up; it should be quick and easy to recover.

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