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Half of Small Firms Fail to Back Up Data

Half of Small Firms Fail to Back Up Data

More than half of small businesses are at risk of losing critical information by failing to back up company data, research from communications firm Unicom has found. A Unicom survey of 800 small firms revealed that 55 per cent did not back up their data at all, leaving themselves completely unprotected. The remainder used different back-up methods, with 14 per cent choosing to back up their files to another PC, six per cent backing up online, five per cent using tape storage for back up files, and 20 per cent using another method. A lack of know-how by firms and the perceived ‘hassle-factor’ were the two main reasons for not backing up company files, according to the poll. But data stored on work computers was often ‘crucial’ to the running of the company, Unicom&rs... »

CRM – Whose Data Is it Anyway?

The data your company holds is one of your most important assets, too important to be trusted just to a proprietary system. We’ve taken a few calls from friends in the last month along the lines of “I’ve bought a new iPod and now it won’t play my old music files”. The reason is because Apple encrypts its music files using its proprietary DRM (Digital Rights Management) which can prevent a music file being played on any other device as an anti-piracy measure including, until the problem was sorted, our friends’ new iPods. Now this is not the right forum for a debate on the rights and wrongs of DRM, but it did bring home to us the importance of ensuring that you can always access your data. Over the years we all accumulate data and often it is held in a pr... »

Data Protection Act: How to comply with the law

Data Protection Act: How to comply with the law

‘Data protection’ can be an intimidating phrase for a start-up or small business owner like you; for many, it conjures up images of blinking data banks, difficult-to-understand legislation and expensive litigation. There is also a common misconception amongst business owners that the law only applies to large corporations, digital businesses, or companies that use customer information as a commodity, such as marketing firms. This is not the case – the Data Protection Act applies to virtually every business, including sole traders. Any customer information you handle – including names, addresses, photographs, card details and phone numbers – will be subject to the law on data protection. It is vital you understand the law, as failing to obey data protection regulations can lead to a fine of... »

Data Loss: Protect your Business against Data Loss

Data loss can have a devastating effect on your business so protecting against the loss of data by backing up your business’ computers is crucial. We look at why and how protecting against data loss is so important to your business and offer some solutions. Overview Saving the important files on your company’s computers by backing them up every day is critical. If you lose the information on your machine and don’t have a copy available, at best this will be extremely frustrating, time consuming and costly and at worst you could potentially lose your business. The files on your computers are vulnerable and at risk for many reasons, the most common of which are from user error (i.e accidental deletion), viruses, power surges, hardware error, fire, flood and theft. Any of th... »