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Virus Prevention: The Importance of Backing Up

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Computers and networks are a major part of everyday life â you could even say that an individual or companyâs life could seem like its over without access to their beloved and essential tech.
Due to our love for tech, the last thing we want is to wake up one day and find thousands of corrupted files on our computer or network because of a serious virus.
In the following paragraphs we will highlight some of the key threats that could present themselves and also the importance of regularly backing up all files on your computer.
The Threat a Computer Virus can have on an Individual or Business
Computer viruses come in different shapes and sizes, each one more deadly than the next.
Some are programmed to harm your system by deleting files and corrupting drives, while others will flood your network with traffic, making it extremely difficult to perform any kind of online activity.
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Sometimes it is quite difficult to tell whether or not you have a computer virus until you perform a scan, but here are a few symptoms that you should look out for:

· Slow computer performance

· Unexplained data loss

· Erratic computer behavior

Frequent computer crashes
If you experience any of the above issues make sure you perform a scan immediately.
It can never hurt to broaden your understanding of computer viruses and cyber security in general, so think about taking a cyber awareness course. Youâll learn all about how people attack websites and systems, how you can defend yourself and much more.
The Importance of Backing Up your System Regularly
So we have covered the potential damage that a virus can inflict on an individual or a businessâs system and the key thing that has to stand out is the unexplained data loss.
If you are unfortunate enough to sustain a virus and it crashes your network that is something you can deal with. Sure you might have to spend £thousands restoring the system back to health but it can be achieved. However what you canât do is replace files that took you hours to create and contain vital information. Therefore, something that has to be at the top of your list is to back up your files â and do it regularly.
Many companies have virtual servers that all employees have a certain amount of disk space on and at the end of each day these are backed up in multiple locations. It isn't complicated at all to get such systems in place if you hire professionals. You need to find a company that specialises in electronic document management and they will be able to advise you on the best practices to implement.
If you are a small or medium sized enterprise you may feel like you donât have the funds to invest in such a system but it is imperative that you speak to the experts to find a solution that works for you. The last thing you want is to wake up one morning and find that your most precious files have disappeared overnight and there is no way of retrieving them.
On the other hand, you might be an individual, maybe youâre a student and you have been working on a dissertation all year. Then five days before you are due to hand it in, a virus hits you and the file is deleted unexpectedly. Itâs safe to say that youâll be panicking!
Well, by backing up your computer to a hard drive as well as a cloud system like Dropbox, you can rest easy knowing that you have copies in multiple locations. Furthermore, most computers and laptops now let you set automatic backup times, so if you forget to click a backup button the system will do it for you.
You should now have a strong understanding of why you need back your files up on a regular basis. Even if a virus doesnât hit you, the peace of mind is something that is priceless.
Computers and networks are a major part of everyday life â you could even say that an individual or companyâs life could seem like its over without access to their beloved and essential tech.

Due to our love for tech, the last thing we want is to wake up one day and find thousands of corrupted files on our computer or network because of a serious virus.

In the following paragraphs we will highlight some of the key threats that could present themselves and also the importance of regularly backing up all files on your computer.

The Threat a Computer Virus can have on an Individual or Business

Computer viruses come in different shapes and sizes, each one more deadly than the next.

Some are programmed to harm your system by deleting files and corrupting drives, while others will flood your network with traffic, making it extremely difficult to perform any kind of online activity.

Virus Prevention: The Importance of Backing Up - Image 1

Sometimes it is quite difficult to tell whether or not you have a computer virus until you perform a scan, but here are a few symptoms that you should look out for:

· Slow computer performance

· Unexplained data loss

· Erratic computer behavior

Frequent computer crashes

If you experience any of the above issues make sure you perform a scan immediately.

It can never hurt to broaden your understanding of computer viruses and cyber security in general, so think about taking a cyber awareness course. Youâll learn all about how people attack websites and systems, how you can defend yourself and much more.

The Importance of Backing Up your System Regularly

So we have covered the potential damage that a virus can inflict on an individual or a businessâs system and the key thing that has to stand out is the unexplained data loss.

If you are unfortunate enough to sustain a virus and it crashes your network that is something you can deal with. Sure you might have to spend £thousands restoring the system back to health but it can be achieved. However what you canât do is replace files that took you hours to create and contain vital information. Therefore, something that has to be at the top of your list is to back up your files â and do it regularly.

Many companies have virtual servers that all employees have a certain amount of disk space on and at the end of each day these are backed up in multiple locations. It isn't complicated at all to get such systems in place if you hire professionals. You need to find a company that specialises in electronic document management and they will be able to advise you on the best practices to implement.

If you are a small or medium sized enterprise you may feel like you donât have the funds to invest in such a system but it is imperative that you speak to the experts to find a solution that works for you. The last thing you want is to wake up one morning and find that your most precious files have disappeared overnight and there is no way of retrieving them.

On the other hand, you might be an individual, maybe youâre a student and you have been working on a dissertation all year. Then five days before you are due to hand it in, a virus hits you and the file is deleted unexpectedly. Itâs safe to say that youâll be panicking!

Well, by backing up your computer to a hard drive as well as a cloud system like Dropbox, you can rest easy knowing that you have copies in multiple locations. Furthermore, most computers and laptops now let you set automatic backup times, so if you forget to click a backup button the system will do it for you.

You should now have a strong understanding of why you need back your files up on a regular basis. Even if a virus doesnât hit you, the peace of mind is something that is priceless.

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  1. 12 January 15
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    Backup data is neccesary because it leads to major data loss.Your files,folders,Images anything can get corrupted. But yes if this case occur there is a solution do not overwrite anything data recovery exist. I always backup my data it keeps me away from heavy data loss.

    I liked the post. Thanks James Timpson

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