3 Invaluable Tips to Avoid Losing Your Data in the Cloud

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Advancements in technology and science definitely help all of us more than they hurt.

Stem cell technology will soon make it possible for us to live indefinitely. The progression of health and fitness devices will make it even easier for us to get into (and stay) in shape. Solar powered cars will most certainly help reduce greenhouse gases moving forward, making the air cleaner for everyone. Even smoking has become less damaging than it once was, with electronic cigarettes available for nicotine junkies to get a quick fix without burning nasty tobacco products into the air we breathe.

Smartphones and the various Android and iPhone apps available really make day-to-day life a total breeze. For those of us who rely on mobile storage to keep our personal and professional data safe, the “cloud” makes it easy to back up, transfer, and share our documents, music, and videos with a click or two of a mouse.

The problem with cloud storage is that you’re sending your precious data into cyberspace, where it will be stored on a random server that you have no control over whatsoever. Read the tips below to minimize data loss in cloud-based storage environments.

1. Never put all your eggs in one basket:

How many times have we heard this grand old idiom as we’ve advanced through life? Never rely on a single virtual or physical drive to hold your important data.

Personal data files should always be saved to a local device, such as your phone, tablet, laptop, or PC in addition to your cloud service. Thumbdrives, external hard drives, and SD cards are an easy way to keep your important files safe too.

If you’re a professional who works on the fly, saving data to the cloud as you receive it, you need to make a habit of downloading your data once a day to a physical drive. If you find this difficult to manage, hire on the services of a paid cloud storage service – many local computer repair stores offer reasonably priced back up services.

Always keep in mind that even the best paid cloud services are just as prone as us to equipment failure due to weather, earthquakes, age, hacking attempts, etc.

2. Use Cloud Service Brokerages:

This tip mainly applies to businesses with medium to massive cloud data storage requirements. If you have important data that you can’t afford to lose, CSB’s take all the legwork out of finding a reliable paid cloud storage service.

They’ll first interview you to assess all your needs, then find an appropriate service (or combination of services) with the size requirements and disaster recovery protocols in place to meet your demands. They will also mix in paid and free providers to ensure your data never gets lost.

The best thing that service brokerages offer is that they’re an intermediary between you and the service. If you decide to move, or want to utilize more than one provider, they’ll take care of the transfer of data between the different API’s (Application Programming Interfaces) used by said providers, so you don’t have to. This is often one of the most frustrating problems that a business deals with while saving to different cloud-based systems.

Brokerages also do frequent audits to your providers security practises to ensure data isn’t lost/stolen due to hacking.

3. Have your own disaster recovery plan

Whether you’re just trying to protect against the loss of your precious “selfies” and MP3’s, or you need to ensure the integrity of invaluable business documents and contact lists; understanding and developing your own disaster recovery plan is always a smart idea.

Some of you may prefer to let a CSB handle all these details, but these are tips to help you prevent irreversible data loss. Having your own plan in place can range from doing your own physical back ups, purchasing a quality data recovery program, or making sure your company’s IT department is well-versed in the most up-to-date methods available to recover lost data.

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