Bringing The Block To Your Backup

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Small business owners and freelancers often wear many hats. Usually, they’re the only person responsible for everything from sales to marketing to accounting to being their own tech support. 

Owning a business can be incredibly rewarding no doubt. But with all those items on the to-do list each and every day, some important things get inadvertently left on the back burner. One example? Protecting data and staying safe online. As a business owner, it pays to take some time to brush up on safety tips for data and online use.

Manage Those Passwords

Admit it: you probably have a paper list of passwords somewhere. It’s understandable if you do. It seems like everything requires a password these days, and each place makes up its own crazy rules about password standards. It’s enough to make you want to scream sometimes! 

But as tempting as it may be, don’t be too lax with your password security. Especially as a business owner handling any sort of confidential information about or for your clients. These days, there are a ton of password managers out there that can help you keep them all straight. Norton antivirus software has one built-in, plus Google’s Chrome browser can help you store passwords as well. Choose something that works for you and shred that paper list of passwords for good. 

Backup Your Files

Backing up files isn’t exactly most people’s idea of a good use of time. But it can be absolutely crucial to have not just one, but multiple backups of your files. Hackers are getting more and more sophisticated as technology advances, so you’ll want to have a couple of backup options. 

One simple way to ensure you have a backup? Go buy a USB flash drive and store a copy of every single file from your computer on the flash drive. You’ll also need to update the flash drive regularly since you’re probably creating new files every day. Bonus points if you store the USB offsite somewhere, or at least in a fireproof box or safe. 

You’ll also want to have some sort of cloud storage to serve as a second backup. Again, you have lots of options here to choose from. Microsoft’s OneDrive or even Google can help you make copies of your files and save them within the cloud. 

Blockchain Backup

The potential drawback to only having cloud storage is that if a virus infects your computer files, that virus will also likely corrupt your backup files in the cloud. Not a good situation! So, you may want to consider how blockchain technology could help you securely store your computer files in the near future. 

PureStorage notes that blockchain technology provides immutable storage--which is a way to say that your files aren’t able to be changed or deleted. In some cases, this could be beneficial for business owners storing data. However, you might need to edit your files rather than keep adding to them, so blockchain might not work as well in that case. 

On the other hand, storing data on the blockchain means the data exists in multiple places. This decentralization is simply the nature of blockchain. And because of this, blockchain is more transparent and secure. 

At the moment, blockchain isn’t the most efficient way to store tons of data. So, large corporations won’t find much value in exploring blockchain to store their data, but smaller companies might. 

Backup of the Future

There’s a way to go before blockchain becomes a go-to data storage solution, but it certainly shows promise. And until then, work on getting a couple of backup systems in place for your business.

 

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