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By Antoine Harb, Team Leader for the Middle East and North Africa at Kingston Technology

It is not new to hear cases of people and corporations losing access to their valuable and confidential files in their PCs or servers due to unexpected circumstances. Files getting damaged or corrupted and devices suddenly conking out are common occurrences. Being in that situation can cause an enormous headache with severe consequences. Yet, according to the worldbackupday.com, 30 percent of people still have never backed up the stuff they deem necessary.

On this year’s celebration of World Backup Day, it is the best time to remind ourselves that it is always wise to make copies of our important files. Losing files is something that can be prevented and avoided by doing this one simple but crucial thing. Amidst the exponential data being churned out every day – and with cybersecurity threats ever-evolving and expanding – our comprehensive data privacy protection and security protocols should also include proper data backup practices and procedures.

Your precious collections of photos, videos, and music, your personal and business files, corporate documents, and many more, should be saved properly and not just placed on your PCs or servers. Duplicates should be made and kept in another secure data storage system so that your access to these files is not lost in case of a cybersecurity attack or a stolen device.

Files are not the only things you can backup. You may also do the same for your settings, programs, and operating systems. The recommended practice is to save at least three copies of your important files, that is the original, the backup, and the backup’s backup. Data backup should also be done every day ideally as part of your proactive strategy to safeguard your documents. Further, it is highly suggested to employ both a local or onsite backup and an offsite backup for extra precaution.

The use of an external hard drive or different storage technologies is considered an onsite backup because the soft copies of your documents remain physically at your location. This is one of the easier and more cost-efficient ways to recover and protect your files from potential loss.

On the other hand, an offsite backup refers to putting your files in online systems such as Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3, Dropbox, and OneDrive. These low-cost cloud solutions offer an automatic sync feature as well to help you create copies of your data efficiently and without any effort.

In the market today, Kingston Technology’s DataTraveler® Locker+ G3 is an example of a device that provides not only the highest data storage efficiency and security thanks to its hardware encryption and password protection functionalities. The encrypted USB 3.0 flash drive also delivers an automatic backup option to its users.

The device locks down and reformats after 10 failed login attempts, providing users with peace of mind even if it is lost or stolen. Taking this up a notch and in line with its global ‘KingstonIsWithYou’ philosophy, the company has added the cloud backup feature to the DataTraveler Locker to give users an option to automatically make copies of their files and save them to their preferred cloud storage provider for easy and quick recovery of these documents.

Ultimately, implementing the best data backup and recovery tactics will be based on your requirements. The most important thing to remember is to get into this habit – if you are not already – or keep revisiting or updating your protocols as an additional layer of protection for your data. This is even more critical in industries that require backup measures such as the financial and healthcare sectors.

We can avoid inconveniences and other consequences by simply implementing frequent data backups. Doing so is highly crucial, especially in today’s modern world where data is considered the most valuable currency.

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