Avoid Disasters: Make website and corporate resource backups mandatory

Do you have a backup of all your website and business data?

A sudden attack on your web hosting or employee error can wreak havoc without warning.

The same applies to any information about your company that is stored on your computer. If your computer were suddenly infected with a virus and you had to format your hard drive, it would likely have a major impact on your business.

So what should you do to prepare for data loss?

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Secure your site

Sometimes website hacks might not be obvious and you really need to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

Unfortunately, hackers can do more than just damage your website. In the past, some websites were secretly hijacked and new information added to them without their knowledge.

The reason may be that another website is tracking your users or monitoring what you are doing to support a competing business. Check your pages for unusual content additions, as well as new plugins that you didn’t add yourself.

If you notice anything, you have a problem. Without backups of your website, this problem can be very difficult to solve.

Try this free malware and security scanner from Sucuri to see if you currently have a problem.

With backups, you can fix problems in a few clicks!

Securing your website could already be in place without you even knowing it. Check with your web host if you already have automatic backups enabled and make sure you understand how a “rollback” is performed, which allows you to restore a previous version of your website that was backed up before an error occurred occured.

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This way you can literally restore your website in a few clicks and save yourself a lot of stress.

If you don’t have backups, check if your CMS (e.g. WordPress) has a backup tool/plugin you can use. Depending on how your website was built, there are many free options to choose from such as: B. UpdraftPlus for WordPress.

If your website is 100% custom, the easiest way is to use a File Transfer Protocol tool like Filezilla and manually download your website to your PC. Then you can save that to a cloud storage service or an external hard drive in case you ever run into trouble and need a working version of your website. If your website isn’t very big, you can even just zip the content and email it to yourself.

If you would like someone else to take care of your website security and backup measures for you, get in touch as we have a monthly maintenance plan to take this burden off your shoulders.

Secure your business data

Most entrepreneurs and small business owners have their business on their computer.

While your email might search for lots of files, you don’t want to start sifting through email looking for spreadsheets. So it’s a really good idea to make regular backups of your computer data.

This process is easy and can become routine after you’ve done it a few times.

The first step will actually help with something that was mentioned in the website backup part above and that is using Winzip or Winrar.

These programs compress the files into one file so you have everything in one place. Some emails restrict sending these file types for security reasons, so you should probably back up the data for these files using a free cloud storage system like GDrive or Dropbox.

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After installing Winzip or Winrar you can right click on the folder with all your business information on your desktop and just select add to archive. This will create a shredded copy of everything in that folder for easy keeping.

Then just go to your preferred location and add the archive file! You can drag it to an external drive or add it to a cloud. Either way, you’ll have all this information at your fingertips, whenever you need it.

Avoid and implement disasters!

This may seem trivial to you, or a major hassle to deal with… until you need it.

Anyone who has ever experienced a hacked website or a compromised hard drive knows that it’s 20/20 in hindsight and the words “if only I…” have sadly become normal all of a sudden.

Backups are like changing the oil and should be performed regularly to ensure your business keeps running without devastating disruptions.