Persoanl Information Management (PIM) by backing up your personal information and data is critical to your personal well-being. A recent article in the small business section of Foxbusiness.com illustrates how important the proper backup of data is for small businesses. Take this one step farther and apply this reasoning to you as an individual. A small business can retract, reform, wipe the slate clean and start over. You as an individual cannot. The mis-management of your data and information can be a catastrophic event that can last a lifetime with no recovery.
The article highlights as they relate to my point, are below:
“How to Pick the Right Data Backup Solution for Your Small Business”
“Losing or having data compromised can not only create a brand nightmare, it can cost days and thousands of dollars to recover, resulting in a major sales hit. According to a report by the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry and PricewaterhouseCoopers, 70% of small businesses that have a major data loss go out of business within a year.”
Data loss or theft can be, and is a major nightmare for anyone it happens to. Inconvenience at best. Fraud and Identity Theft at worst. Either way, the proper handling of your data and identity can save you thousands of dollars, and your reputation.
Call to action: Back up your data locally on a regular basis. Put together a routine to do this on a local basis. Make two copies of all of your data. Store one with immediate proximity to your systems. Store the other in a safe place far from your systems and the other back-up copy. (If a catastrophe happens, you do not want all your data in the same place.) Consider supplementing those copies with an Internet service. Follow your routine religiously.
NOTE: DO NOT rely on that Internet service to be your entire strategy. That is a very bad move. Keep local control of your data and use the internet service as a different form of insurance policy.