TECH TALK With Bob The Computer Guy By Bob Dalles. Today’s Topic: Protecting Your Data

Published on 18 October 2017 in Business
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“I want people to know that we’re here to help everyone, we do sincerely care about our customers, and that no job is too small,” said Bob Dalles, president. (Bob The Computer Guy & Associates Inc./Nicole Dalles)

Greetings Friends… Do you protect your data?  Two things make your computer unique to you.  The programs (applications) you regularly use and your data.  These files are saved on your computer’s hard drive.  Most people are not aware that there is a high probability your hard drive will “crash” at some point in time.  A crash will make the files on your hard drive inaccessible.  A hard drive anatomy consists of moving parts and electronic circuits.  A crash can be a mechanical failure and/or an electronic failure.  These failures can be caused by many events.  The two most common being power surges that can destroy the electronics, and trauma to the hard drive being physically jolted that can damage the mechanical components.  Other threats to your data can range from malware attacks to theft of the computer itself.  Sometimes the hard drive can have a manufacturer defect.  I have hard drives that still work after 20 years, and I’ve had hard drives that did not last 20 days.

Most small companies do not back up their data and even more home users fail to protect their data.  For some a data loss can be merely an inconvenience; for others it can cause companies loss of revenue and some have even gone out of business by losing their customer information and financial data.  The reasons they do not back up their data range from denial that a crash could happen to them, to not understanding that this risk even exists.  Hurricane Irma created a lot of hard drive crashes; from power surges to leaky roofs in businesses and homes that destroyed computer systems.

Data backups can be done on floppy drives, optical drives (such as a DVD), magnetic tape, flash drives, another hard drive, and the cloud.  The storage medium would depend on how much data is being backed up and the frequency that it is done.  Backing up your data can be a simple process and if you should be a victim of data loss, you’ll be glad you did.  Your recovery will save you a lot of time and money.  If you need training on how to back up your data consult with an IT professional to be sure you are doing it properly.

Have a tech question?  Email me at TechTalk-TBNL@BobTheComputerGuy.NET.  Questions will be selected by the popularity of a topic and answered in this column.  If you have a more urgent need or have a unique situation you may schedule an appointment with one of my Professionally Certified Technicians by calling 727-534-4000.  Until next time, stay safe on the Internet.

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