If you run your own business then it is absolutely essential that you back up the contents of your PC / network. Even if you’re using your PC socially, you should still be looking to back up files. Your hard drive or server (if you’re running a network) stores all of your data, operating system, your software applications and your personal files.
If you’re running a small home based business then you’re probably operating a PC rather than a bunch of networks on a PC, if this is the case they you have to be aware of the possibility of hard drive failure.
With the amount of Malware circulating online reaching an all time high, virus’ are the most common cause of hard drive failure. If your hard disc on your PC or server become infected then you can lose data. Every should set up restore points (a previous state to retrieve your data).
If you’re running your business from a single PC or laptop, it isn’t difficult to back up your data. You can purchase an external hard drive relatively cheaply, which you can copy data over to. Alternatively, software can automate the back up process.
However the problem with backing up with an external hard drive is that the hard drive is still going to be physically located in the same place as your PC or Laptop. So, while this will cover you in a situation where the PC or laptop breaks down, in some disaster cases, such as fire or burglary, this form of back up is worthless.
Some Online companies offer back up, which is automated for one or several machines. Online back ups offer all of the features you could desire, such as continuous back ups, back ups of mapped or external drives, versioning (the ability to restore several versions) and top notch security / encryption.
The good point about Online back up is not only that you don’t have to worry about making the back ups yourself, but also that the backed up data is stored in another location on someone else’s facility. The means that in worst case scenario, at least you have the peace of mind that your data is going to be safe.