How to Protect Your Critical Business Information

From Tripp Insurance Services, Inc.

No matter what type or size of business you have, you rely on data—from customer information and order details to corporate finances and tax data. What would happen to your business if that data suddenly disappeared?

Here’s how to back up your critical business data.

Physical Hard Copies — Start by converting your paper documents and receipts into digital files. Look for a document scanning system that enables you to scan, digitize the data, label and upload to a document management system.

Documents — Use the automatic document backup function, called File History for Windows 8 or Time Machine for iOS, to save previous versions of documents in case of bad saves or accidental overwrites.

Computers and Laptops — Back up computers and laptops using an external hard drive and data backup software, an online data backup service like Carbonite, Acronis, IDrive or Mozy, or via a cloud storage service such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive.

Mobile Devices — Utilize the data backup features built into your mobile devices. If you aren’t in the habit of manually plugging them in to sync, opt for the cloud-syncing option like iCloud for Apple devices.

Company Website and Intranet — Don’t forget to back up your company website and employee intranet.

If you are tech savvy, follow these instructions; otherwise, ask your web tech to set it up for you.

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