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World Backup Day is observed every year on the last day of March. Even though you should be backing up your files all the time – not just on World Backup Day – this day starts the conversation regarding the importance of backing up your data. 

In today’s security landscape, there are more threats to data than ever before. Between corruption, malware and cyberattacks from cyber criminals, hardware and human failure, businesses and organizations must be proactive with their security, not reactive. 

In observance of World Backup Day, here are four interesting facts you need to know. 

1. You may already have a virus on your computer. 

Most people assume that an attack could never happen to them, but it only takes a second for this to change. Consider that 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident, 30% of computers are already infected with malware and 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute. 

If you wait until something happens to react, it’s going to be too late. Be proactive by backing up your data and putting security measures in place. Your customers, your employees and your organization’s livelihood depend on it. 

2. There is no single way to backup your data. 

There is no one ‘right’ way to backup your data. You can use online backup services, an external hard drive, a computer backup, etc. Find a system that works for you and stick with it. If you do choose to backup your data to a physical location like a hard drive, make sure it’s stored properly. 

Microsoft Access makes it easy to backup your database. Simply follow the instructions and you can choose where to save your backup. We also recommend encrypting your database, though this is not enough on its own.

3. 40% of small businesses won’t reopen after data loss. 

It’s a grim finding – 40% of small businesses do not reopen following a disaster, and another 25% fail within one year. Certainly, you do not want the same future for your business. Protect your livelihood by backing up your data regularly. If there is human error or hardware failure, you can revert back to the original data and avoid a costly disaster. 

4. Hardware failure and human error are the main causes of data loss. 

Even though cyber attacks are on the rise, the two main causes of data loss are hardware failure and human error. Hardware accounts for about 35-40% of data loss, while human error is responsible for another 29%. The solution is simple: backup your data to protect your business or organization from financial and security risks. 

Backing up your data is an important part of working with complex information. To discuss your backup options and how to keep your data safe, contact Arkware today.