So. Much. Reasons. You Should Worship Backups

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So. Much. Reasons. You Should Worship Backups

Every single one of you has already heard this story. So many times.

The certainty that you know someone who has lost everything on his or hers computer due to negligence and lack of backing up data is almost 100%.

We are thankful for that automatic Word and Google Docs ctrl+S, due to which you are reading this post.

Just kidding.

Anyway, recently, our client Ryan quite easily became a “victim” of losing his precious data.

That data had no other backup options.

Additionally, guess what? His business depends on that data.

And suddenly, one day, his laptop stopped working. Because it had important data in it, Ryan just run to a nearby technician. And yes, it was totally fruitless, as they failed big to recover his hard disk. But, there’s no use crying over spilled milk. At least he learned a valuable lesson: always backup.

Disk drive, server, website. Everything.

This post will be focusing on, just a few reasons, you should be worshiping backups. Choose not to go through what Ryan has.

Fact: Losing data is not Disneyland.

If you haven’t backup for few months or even years, then, my friend, you are in for some pretty badass issues. With it, you have invited those issues to a hell-themed party. Hard drive failing to perform is a common issue with laptop or any other computer. But we have seen many Ryans in our geek lifetime.

Learn from his mistakes, so that you don’t have to learn the hard(est) way.

Here come the reasons, why you should really hit that backup button on a regular basis.

We are just humans, prone to making mistakes

It doesn’t come as a surprise for us humans to make mistakes intentionally or unintentionally. With a heavy head while working, you can press “delete” or accidentally spill coffee over your machine. Real and everyday scenarios are endless. Aftermath of all of them is: no more data.  In many cases, not even the expert technicians or so called “hundred percent working software” can help you recover your important data.

And if somehow, the technician or software make a miracle and somehow return your data, it will cost you a small fortune. So, our advice to you is to keep computer and website data backups, not just within but outside the computer, too. If anything happens, without making a single sweat, you can call the backup in.

Spikes and Power Failures are Unpredictable

Each of our claims, that technology is getting a smarter day in and day out. But in our naive opinion, machines are a bit prosaic and “stupid”, because, at any second, your machine can suffer a power failure. Force majeure. And now what? You will be at the same place where you’ve started.These power failures or spikes can crash your server, motherboard or hard drive, and make it impossible for you to recover the data. All of your valuable data will be destroyed.

This is notice number 2, click Backup now.

Temporary storage is not meant for the long term

Many of us think temporary storage could be used just like long term storage. We are so wrong, aren’t we? You may also say that it is completely useless to keep track on data if you are using it temporarily. Let us reassure you, it is okay to keep data on temporarily storage, but only for short-term purposes Why? Duh, it’s name says it all. These types of storages are simply not meant for long-term storing. But more importantly, in the long run, it may cost you. A lot.

Wake up, backup. Act like a professional you are.

Your Machine may get stolen or lost

It may happen, that someone, somehow steals your tech buddy. And it’s not quite a fairytale. It happens every now and then. And after losing their machines, people have their heads down and they have no possible plan how to get their data back to life. No happy end.

Keep your data on various secure places.

And one more thing, keep updating your backups frequently, because if things go south, you shouldn’t worry about them.

Keep rockin’ that good job of yours.


4 Critical Steps for Responding to a Cyber Attack

Companies around the world are relying on cloud-based services, remote Internet access, e-mail and a great deal of other Internet applications, in order to make their business run smoothly. The growing use of those services increases the possibility of a cyber-attack and that threat is becoming greater every day.

Every company must understand the volume of damage those attacks can cause, and they must do everything in their power to try and prevent them from ever occurring. There are a number of steps they can take to achieve that, such as backing up their data on a regular basis, patching their software, using the SSL certificate, having a strong password policy and, of course, having a good web hosting provider.

However, even the most secure websites sometimes fall prey to hackers who manage to bypass their security and find their way in. The best weapon that companies must have in such cases is a prompt response. Acting swiftly with a focused response is of the utmost importance when it comes to protection. Every business owner must understand the risks of a cyber-attack and the consequences it can have on both their business and their customers.

So, what to do when the worst happens? Let’s take a look at some of the critical steps that must be taken in order to respond to a cyber-attack in the best possible way.

Get Your Incidents Response Team Ready to Act


Your incidents response team should effectively assess the situation when a cyber-attack occurs. This team should consist of data protection experts, a tech team that will identify the breach, intellectual property experts who will help minimize the damage and recover every piece of stolen information, employee representatives who will deal with incidents that affect employees, as well as legal representatives who will provide advice on all the legal implications of a cyber-attack.

Your incidents response team must always be on standby, ready to quickly and effectively deal with any kind of situation regarding data breach.

Secure Your IT Systems

Securing your systems is crucial for the protection of your data and minimizing the damage done. This is where many businesses make a mistake of taking the whole system offline or just removing the malware. Malware is only a symptom of an attack, and you should isolate only the compromised segment of your network and then work on identifying the source of the breach.

Since hackers often use admin passwords, you need to change them the second you detect the breach. You should change your access control list, which is usually an automated process, since that is the quickest way of effectively doing so.

If you immediately go offline, hackers will know that they have been spotted and they will go silent, preventing you from identifying them. Not to mention that you will lose a considerable amount of data. Therefore, the best thing to do is to leave the compromised machine online, but block it from Internet access. Place an isolated VLAN or implement a firewall to prevent the compromised machine from communicating outside your company. That way, you will keep it from doing damage to your network and you will ensure your business keeps going forward.

Set Your Backups in Motion


You must have a good crash plan for your website. You need to have your backups ready to go in case your systems become too compromised. You certainly have a lot of sensitive data, especially when it comes to your customers’ personal information, which you cannot allow to get stolen. Therefore, it is extremely important to backup your data on a regular basis, to ensure you don’t lose anything. That way, you can restore it easily in case a breach happens. Make sure you have a good web hosting provider that has reliable servers and offers you great backup options.

Notify the Authorities


Notifying the authorities about the cyber-attack on your organization is essential, since that will not only help your reputation, but also your customers. Your customers need to be aware of the possibility that their personal information has been accessed by hackers and you need to let them know that you have done everything in your power to protect that information.

When bringing the attack to the attention of the proper authorities, make sure that you provide them with all the evidence related to the attack, so that they can easily assess the situation and help you prevent any unwanted legal action. It’s also important to share the information about the attack with other organizations, as they may have been victims to similar attacks as well.

These people can offer you advice on dealing with data security breaches. This intelligence-sharing works both ways and communication with other companies is always good for business.

Due to the ever-increasing cyber security threats, it is paramount that you and your team stay alert if the worst case scenario happens. You may have the best website security, but that doesn’t stop hackers from finding their way into your systems and causing a lot of damage.

So, make sure you have a plan prepared to deal with a potential cyber-attack and protect both your business and your customers. Remember that a quick response is the best response, but being smart about it is key. Responding to a cyber-attack must be strategically planned in advance, so make sure you have the best teams at your disposal, to achieve that goal with ultimate success.

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