Major Causes of Data Loss
Big or small, businesses of all sizes don’t want to hear “uh-oh”, especially when it comes to losing data. Often times, data loss is nothing to have a complete meltdown about if you take the necessary precautions to prevent the loss ahead of time and properly backup your data. But, while data loss may seem preventable with all of the tools and resources available, sometimes things happen, and data loss occurs, unfortunately.
Knowing what causes data loss, will help you to better make prevention plans for the future. In the event that your business experiences data loss, these are the factors that are most likely to be the cause.
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Hard Drive Fail
Nothing lasts forever, especially hard drives. They will eventually fail and when they do, they’ll take your data down with them. Roughly 60% of drives fail due to mechanical errors while 40% fail due to misuse. Before your hard drive completely gives up on you, you may notice a few warning signs that will indicate a need to replace it asap. These warnings include things like the computer freezing, odd sounds, and corrupted data. Take notice of these warnings as soon as possible because it could be a quick downward spiral from there.
It’s also important to note that you should never wait until these signs are apparent to begin backing up your data. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so automated backup is the best way to go while waiting for your hard drive to fail.
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We’re humans and we make mistakes, it happens. No one means to intentionally lose data, but sometimes we get caught up in the practice of saving, moving, and deleting files every day that we may make that simple mistake by accident. Sometimes, we get lucky and can find the deleted information in the trash bin on our desktop, but other times, you won’t be able to rely on that kind of safety net to recover files.
There are a few reasons the trash bin isn’t always going to be a reliable net. If files are deleted from drives that don’t have a trash bin, are bigger than the capacity of the drive that the recycle folder lives on, and files permanently deleted using the Shift + Delete command. Sometimes the deletion could be a result of deleting entire system files related to the general function of the computer itself, causing the loss of deleted files and data.
Virus and Infection
Everything on the Internet comes with a price, including the Internet itself. Being connected to the Internet, of course, comes with many benefits and advantages, but also many threats to be aware of. Threats including computer viruses and malware infections that thrive while they run rampant through your computer system can be detrimental to the safety of your data.
Be mindful of email-based and phishing attacks. These types of viruses are sneaky and account for over 38% of virus entry into computers. Viruses and infections can be very powerful and corrupt your entire network. The best bet is to have a solid backup in place in the event a virus finds its way into your system.
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According to Gartner Research, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. Now, we all read these statistics and think nothing like this would ever happen to us but we’re wrong. It very well could. The obvious way to avoid theft is t never leave your laptop unattended, not even for a second. If you must leave your laptop in your car, leave it in a spot that is not visible from outside the car.
Having the ability to fully wipe a computer remotely using encryption for a laptop that has sensitive and important information is imperative to keep that information safe in the even a laptop is indeed stolen. Before wiping the data, be sure that you have a full back up in place to better protect sensitive information.
You may not think that a power outage can be harmful to your data, but the reality is that it is not the case by any means. When your computer is shut down without following the proper protocol and steps, it prompts a negative effect. A power outage will disrupt the complex shut down
Frequent power outages can cause harm to a hard drive and computer hardware. If your computer experiences too many power outages, it can begin to reduce the lifespan of your hard drive. Little by little, a toll is taken on your computer each time power is lost. To best protect your computer in the event of a power surge over an outage is to use a surge protector. Again, always having a strong backup support is the best way to combat any failures associated with your computer, especially power failures.
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