Column: Tricks & Tips

By Isaac M. O’Bannon

From the April/May 2010 Issue

Ever since the computerization of America in the early 1980s, technology experts have been preaching the gospels of data safety, especially the use of virus protection systems and data backup.

You know why data backup is important, of course, but how vigilant are you in practicing what you know is a mission-critical issue? If your computer or server crashed right now, how much of your work would you lose? A day? A week? More?

If your computing systems were damaged by weather, fire or theft on April 1 of next year, would you survive tax season? Would your professional reputation, your client relationships and you’re your practice survive to see the next year? Backing up your computer files and having a way to retrieve them quickly is that important.

There have been many variations on data backup over the years, most …

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