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Why Is It So Essential To Make Data Copies (Backups)?

March 30, 2020
Author: Hamster, www.hostens.com

Almost all computer and technology experts will tell you that any backup is better than none. Today, the value of data outweighs the value of any other precious resource, this is why it is necessary to increase IT security within the company.

Consequences of data loss for businesses can be extremely painful – broken communication with partners and customers, lost productivity, or lasting damage to reputation.

Why is it important to back up data?

It is said that making mistakes is human. A very common cause of data loss is the human factor – receiving and opening emails that contain viruses or accidentally delete important files. Also, these days we hear reports of malware or hackers on websites and emails. These incidents can be quickly resolved by restoring pre-loss files if regular backups are made.

In simple terms, data backup is a copy of files. This can be a copy of the site’s files and databases, important emails, or other relevant data you don’t want to lose.

Backups are created to restore the data to its original state immediately after it is lost. Therefore, it is essential to make sure that periodic copies of the data are up to date: hourly, daily, or weekly. The more copies you make, the more possibilities you have to restore the information you need.

How to store data copies (backups)?

Saving the created copies of the data in a separate storage device is crucial. This way you can make sure that the copied data is stored in a different location than the primary ones used. This can be as simple as storing your copies in an external drive or USB flash drive or data storage services, cloud storage, or a dedicated server.

For optimal protection, it’s best to protect your data using the so-called Rule 3-2-1:

Keep copies of data for at least three (3) different dates;
Store the data in at least two (2) different devices;

Store at least one (1) copy in a completely different physical location from all the other copies.

Hamster has taken care

Luckily, Hostens has taken care of copies of its customer data and keeps updating them every night. The backup service is free, and it is included in every web hosting package.

Learn more how to make your website more secure here →

If you need to restore your backup data, simply contact our friendly support team via our ticketing system: https://billing.hostens.com/tickets/new/.

If you would like to save your copies on your own, we recommend that you use the following instructions: https://www.hostens.com/knowledgebase/how-to-backup-your-website-in-cpanel

If you have any difficulty processing copies of your data, please contact our customer service department immediately.

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