Many consumers who consider themselves smart users of backups could actually be putting large quantities of valuable data at risk, according to a new survey.
Carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, the research – which was published on May 12th – found that almost nine in ten backup users (87 per cent) favour their own physical storage media for the job.
Of those, just under one in four (24 per cent) had “experienced irrecoverable data loss” after a backup device had been lost, stolen or destroyed, Kaspersky revealed.
Commenting on the findings, the firm’s head of consumer product management Elena Kharchenko emphasised the importance of a “systematic approach to backup”.
“Decide which information is the most valuable to you and create backup copies of it on a regular basis,” she advised, adding that individuals should favour a mix of physical storage media and a cloud storage environment.
This will ensure that data recovery is practicable even in “highly unlikely events” such as a global internet outage or the destruction of the building containing the local storage device, Ms Kharchenko said.
It is wise to choose a data recovery company who has a track record in recovering from the type of data loss you have experienced.