If you are like many small-to-medium sized business owners within the United Kingdom, you are likely aware that your online presence is key to enjoying continued success. So, factors such as SEO and web design will frequently come into play. However, what if a server suddenly fails? What would happen if you arrive to the office and realise that your existing security protocols have been breached and your website is corrupted or even gone? Data loss is a very real concern and as numerous threats continue to emerge, it is only logical to take this matter seriously. What are some of the most effective ways that you can mitigate the chances of such unfortunate situations from occurring? Let’s have a closer look.
Redundancy is one of the best ways to make sure that the information within a website is there when you need it the most. Should a file become lost or corrupted, there will be an additional copy to access. The same holds true if a virus happens to breach your firewall and enter into the system. Data redundancy is a critical role that should be taken very seriously. Many are now exporting this information onto cloud-based servers, as data in the cloud is much safer than on a traditional hard drive.
Maintenance is another factor which is surprisingly overlooked by many companies. The best way to appreciate the importance for such actions is to take a look at how often online updates occur. Not only are these intended to fix any “bugs” within software, but maintenance is also concerned with the ability to detect emerging threats and expunge them before they can do real damage. Depending upon the size of your business and the number of servers you have operating, this type of analysis can take place on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Much like in the real world, computer viruses have the ability to mutate at an alarming rate. In other words, an anti-virus system that may have worked well last month could need to be improved at the present. So, perform regular scans of all files within your website and even those which are stored in the cloud. Even with a backup, one corrupted file can affect your entire site. Not only can this lead to frustrating amounts of downtime, but the personal details of your customers (or employees) could also be leaked to prying eyes. Thankfully, most anti-virus software provides you with the ability to automatically perform scans by using predetermined time frames (such as once at the end of every work week). This saves a great deal of time while you will not have to worry about forgetting to perform this task during the busier times of the year.
Variations in the thread strengthen the weave. This old-fashioned saying is just as important in terms of modern data safety. By spreading your risk out over multiple providers, you are effectively eliminating the chances of a catastrophic crash occurring. Those who choose to have their hosting, storage and registration services through one provider are literally gambling with the safety of their data. Not only is it highly unlikely that the same virus will affect multiple providers, but it is much easier to determine the cause of the problem by identifying a discrete system that may be infected.
These are some of the best (and easiest) ways to handle data loss on your website. Of course, you could very well choose to outsource such solutions to a third-party provider that has a great deal of experience within this dynamic field.