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Data Recovery Services Can Save the Day in an Emergency

If you are using a laptop, a desktop or a mobile device, you are involved in creating, processing, communicating and managing data. If you are employed by a large corporation or if you own a small business, you are involved in the protection of important data that seems to be continuously expanding.

Large Accidents and Tiny Disasters

It it’s for your business or your personal household finances, it’s always important to be proactive about protecting your data. Assuming you are using a tested and reliable backup system, unfortunate accidents can still happen. Even if you go through life following the Good Scout Motto of “Be Prepared,” at a moment’s notice an unexpected accident can occur. Data storage devices such as hard drives, memory sticks and smart phones can sustain real world physical damage.

It’s an annoyance when those small accidents happen. While small accidents are a nuisance, major disasters are just that – a disaster. Remember when unpredictable weather recently pummeled Texas? Within two weeks, the Lone Star state went from drought conditions to being hammered by epic rain fall that culminated in vast flooding. These shocking floods violently swept away homes, businesses and the lives of many citizens. The Governor declared 37 counties in Texas as disaster areas. At Geeks On Call, our hearts go out to everyone impacted.

Try Data Recovery Services from our Partners at Flashback Data

flashbackdataWhile a back-up system is your first line of defense, sometimes it’s no match for fires, landslides, tornados, floods or earthquakes. Even if it’s far less dramatic, human error and hardware failures are a huge problem and actually account for 75% of all data loss occurrences. The Gartner Group, the leading experts in data loss, state that only 6% of small business survive after a major loss of computer records. Geeks On Call can help you and your business get back on your feet by recovering your data with help from our partners at Flashback Data. Flashback Data is an international industry leader in accredited data recovery services.

Flashback Data offers the following specialized data recovery services:

  • Hard drives are becoming less common in laptops. Now that external storage devices are in greater use, your data is at a higher risk due for being dropped and damaged.
  • Flashback Data specializes in flash-based technology. Problems such as deleted files, file system damage, corrupted partitions and physically damaged devices can be rescued by their expert recovery services.
  • Flashback Data offers recovery services for notebooks, PCs, tablets, digital cameras and MP3 players. Don’t despair, Flashback Data can recover your damaged image and audio files.

Geeks On Call Can Protect You and Your Data

If you experience an unexpected data loss accident, there is still hope. Geeks On Call is now working in partnership with Flashback Data to retrieve what you feared was lost forever – your priceless data.

 

 

 

 

Are You Using the Right Tool for the Right Job?

wrong-technologyDoes it seem that your employees are not being as productive as you had expected? That might be true, but let’s not jump to the assumption it’s entirely the fault of the employees. Office inefficiencies are often caused by outdated or misused technology. In other words, the wrong tools can actually be at the root of the inefficiency problem. The 1907 slogan, “The Right Tool for the Right Job,” is still completely significant in today’s digital work environment.

 

Is Your Current Technology Really Working for You?

Here are several technology solutions that could significantly enhance your business’ productivity with little to no investment.

  • Productivity: Add a second screen to a computer and that employee’s productivity can be increased by as much as 50%.
  • Flexibility: Add an inexpensive solution (some solutions are even free!) that will keep data secure on your office computer while you can access it at any time from any location. Don’t waste time by continuing to email files to yourself. Are you still dealing with the confusion of multiple versions of the original file?
  • Communications: Add a client relationship management (CRM) solution that can enhance efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. You could link your CRM to your current phone system.  Also, consider upgrading your phone system. Remember that lost messages and missed phone calls lead to losses in revenues and missed opportunities.
  • Data Security: Add an automated online backup solution and secure your business’ critical data. Your business can save as much as 10 hours per week with an automated online backup solution.

It’s Time for a Technology Assessment

A yearly assessment of your business’ technology is important. Many business owners avoid this assessment based on the assumption that improvements will be prohibitively expensive. Trust us, not all improvements are costly. Sometimes even small and affordable changes can deliver profits to your business’ bottom line.

Geeks On Call can help you make an informed decision about your business’ technology. Give your local Geeks On Call office a call and one of their technology professionals will be happy to work with you and develop a customized plan for your business.

 

What is your computer doing during while you are taking a summer vacation?

Posting Date: 05/22/2014  |   Filed Under: Data Back-up, Technology, Tips  |   1 Comment
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Your computer gave you a great deal of support and guidance during the planning of your summer vacation.  The time spent looking at travel websites to find the ideal vacation location, the hours of price comparing to find the best deal, the moment of exhilaration when you found those airline tickets for $200 less.  You couldn’t have planned this amazing vacation without the help of your computer, have you taken the steps to protect it?

The Ideal Vacation Experience: Suitcase, Sunscreen and a Computer with reliable backup solution.

Summers are the time many of take a break and enjoy the weather, but it can also provide unpredictable weather situations!  Summer brings extreme heats, hurricanes, heavy rains and flash floods that result in power failures and technology system break downs.

In the event that you leave your computer vulnerable to these weather situations, consider this a warning and a time to get your computer’s backup solution in order! On the off chance that you are truly able to have a worry free vacation, then make certain to protect your machine before you leave.  The last thing you want on the vacation that you spent weeks planning and month’s day dreaming about, is word from home that severe weather has destroyed your computer and you can’t recover any of your information!

Be ready and make a move to ensure you are protects and able to enjoy your summer vacation with these backup suggestions: 

  • Backup for Business: A dependable backup solutions is essential for the security of your business information. Your business information is the most important asset to your business. Imagine how you would run your business without financial, client, and inventory documentation.  Over half of businesses don’t survive after a major data loss, make sure you are not one of these and can easily get back up and running quickly when a data loss occurs.
  • Home Backup Solutions: How are you ensuring the safety of your personal files, information and photos?  Is it with flash drives that are thrown in the back of a drawer, external hard drives stashed next to your computer, have you ever really given it much thought?  Flashes drives and external hard drives are not acceptable backup solutions, and it is something you need to think about!  If you home floods or catches fire, hard drives and flashes drives will also be destroyed.  You need to protect your personal and financial records, and your cherished family photographs with a reliable and backup solution.
  • Work Flexibility: Backup solutions can provide more than just sense of security; it can also provide you greater work and life flexibility.  In the event that you are on beach somewhere or having a fun filled “staycation”, you may need to weigh in with your office at some point. You can stay joined with business data, financial information, or customer matters by means of remote access. You will not have to stress about missing out on your vacation or family time, you can stay up to date and connected to the office and everything you need from anywhere.

 

In the event that a backup solution is not in place at your business or your home, use your impending summer vacation as a target date to aim for and get prepared!  Contact your local IT expert to help you determine and implement a backup solution that meets all of your needs.  With this crossed off your to-do list you can spend your summer relaxing – anywhere!

Why Your Small Business Must Have a Back Up Solution!

Posting Date: 05/16/2014  |   Filed Under: Data Back-up, Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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It is 2014, and every business needs to have a back up solution and recovery plan in place for their most critical information should a data loss occur.   The cold hard fact is that most businesses are failing in this department because over 40% of Small and Medium Sized Business do not back up their data at all, and that 60% of backups fail when tested!

The time it now for businesses to quit fooling around when it comes to backing up their most important data including client records, QuickBooks files, and other irreplaceable company information.  Here are motivators to convince you to make sure your data is backed up and your business can rapidly bounce back from a data loss disaster.

1.  Human Error: People represent 30% of all data loss; this percentage incorporates accidental deletion, rogue employees, and spills.  While a human error is difficult to prevent, you can at least proactively protect your business by having the ability to revert back to an error free file.  Occasionally employees will not properly update a document or delete a file, so having a plan to restore the lost or inaccurate data is imperative to running your business.

2. Technology Equipment Fails: Technology equipment that you are utilizing to run your business has made great strides forward, but it will not always work flawlessly and may fail.  It is extremely costly, if not impossible for your business to eliminate every failure point in your IT infrastructure, so the best option for your business is to back up your information consistently so you can get the failed equipment back up and running quickly.  This quick action will help you minimize downtime and revenue loss that your business would otherwise incur.

3. Natural Disasters are Unpredictable: Over the last several years Mother Nature has caused chaos when it comes to our technology system though deep freezes, extreme heats, and mass flooding.   Businesses that do not have their data backed up with a recovery plan in place will have a daunting task ahead of them attempting to resume operations in the event of a natural disaster.  In fact, over 80% of all businesses that experience a business interference of more than five days close permanently.

4. Competitive Advantage: It is a bizarre to think that having and backup and recovery solution in place could give you an advantage over your local competition, but it absolutely can! In the event of a local disaster that takes everyone’s technology down, the first one back up has the opportunity to gain all the business of those that are still recovering and not able to meet customer’s needs.

5. Theft: Theft can put your company data at risk in a number of ways including hackers obtaining client information or employee’s computer or mobile device with company information on it being stolen.  Instructing employees about utilizing the internet safely will help protect you against viruses and hackers, but in the event that a device is stolen it gets more difficult to recover.  Having a backup that will make it much easier for that employee to get back to work, and with the growing options in Mobile Device Management you may be able to remotely erase all of the company information off of the stolen device.

6. Compliance Issues: A large number of Professions and industries require all businesses in that niche to have a backup and recovery plan in place.  If you are unsure what is required by your industry you need to find out right away, because if you are out of compliance the fines and penalties that are associated can be costly and is many time more than the actual cost of putting a plan in place.

7. Cold Hard Facts: If the information above has not yet convince you to call your local Geeks On Call owner to discover how our experts can verify you have a reliable and tested back up solution in place, perhaps that facts will:

  • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.
  • Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States. (Mozy Online Backup)
  • 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
  • 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape backup failures.
  • 2,000 laptops are stolen or lost every day
  • 46% said each hour of downtime would cost their companies up to $50k

We know that it is human nature to believe your business will not have a data loss, unless you have already been affected by a data loss. Data loss can happen at any time and without warning, and if you do not have a backup and recovery plan in place your business will face issues.

We challenge you to think about how much money you are losing every time a server or desktop fails and your employees are not productive or your clients cannot complete orders.  Putting a proactive backup and recovery plan in place today will save you time and money later when disaster does strikes!

Data Backup is More Important Than Ever

Posting Date: 05/15/2014  |   Filed Under: Data Back-up  |   No Comments
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Do you think a data backup solution is simply too expensive for your business?

That viewpoint is similar to thinking that insurance for your home is too expensive. Insurance might have seemed expensive until your home is wiped out in a fire and you have lost everything. After the fire is snuffed out, how do you plan to recover? Some things can probably be replaced, but regardless of the expense, certain things are simply irreplaceable. It’s similar to protecting another key asset – your business data. Even in business, certain data, documents, photographs, accounting files and client information might be nearly impossible to replace. When it comes to business data, are you safeguarding your most important company asset with a reliable backup solution?

What Causes Data Loss?
Redefining the Role of Your IT Professional

Any device that stores information is vulnerable to data loss. The causes of data loss are due to a wide range of human errors, technology failures and unpredictable natural disasters. Frequently floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes and lightning strikes destroy both the device and the data. Natural disasters are often followed by power failures that can also wreak havoc on technology.

The theft of equipment and attacks by hackers are widespread problems. Laptop and mobile devices are small, valuable and easily re-sold, making them the target of choice for thieves all over the world. Each year in the United States, over 600,000 laptops are stolen with over 65% never recovered. Hackers, viruses, software bugs and cyber-attacks grab the most media attention, but it’s actually human error and hardware failures that account for nearly 75% of all data loss occurrences.

Data Loss Can Cost Your Business More Than You Ever Imagined
Do You Have an IT Strategy That Delivers Efficiency and Accountability?
If you don’t have a backup strategy in place because you considered it too expensive, let’s redefine the term “expensive.” As a business owner, try to imagine what it would cost or if your company could even operate without your business data including QuickBooks files, client records and order information. Consider the time and expense of attempting to recreate the lost data and notifying your customers that their personal data has been compromised? If those scenarios sound terrible, then review these truly sobering data loss statistics and consider the impact this could have on your business if you don’t have a tested backup solution:

  • 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more filed for bankruptcy within a year. (National Archives and Records Administration)
  • 94% of companies suffering from catastrophic data loss do not survive. 43% never reopen and 51% close within 2 years. (University of Texas)
  • 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year and 70% fail within 5 years. (Home Office Computing Magazine)
  • 70% of small companies (fewer than 100 employees) that experience major data loss go out of business within a year. (DTI/Price Waterhouse Coopers)
  • 96% of business workstations are not being backed up and are at serious risk. (Contingency Planning and Strategic Research Corporation)
  • 140,000 hard drives crash each week in the United States. (Mozy Online Backup)

 

Be Prepared with a Backup Solution

Unfortunately, we are at the mercy of this mixed bag of data loss disasters. The only plan is be proactive in safeguarding your business’ data with a tested backup solution. To take action with a backup solution, start by analyzing the needs of your business.

For example, do you need to backup your business’ entire operating system or just certain, essential data? Do you want the automatic data backup performed on a daily or weekly basis? Would a desktop backup device be an option for your business or home office? Which cloud storage or online solutions provide a secure remote backup solution that can complement your local backup strategy? Have you considered a personal cloud as a backup solution?

The backup market is huge and is continuing to grow. For business owners, that means there are lots of backup options with many solutions. Plus a reliable backup solution is not really that expensive when you consider the alternatives. We understand that sifting through options and technical details can be a daunting task. You should rely on your Geeks On Call to develop a customized backup solution or confirm that your current solution is exceeding your needs.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true when it comes to a backup protection plan for your business”.