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5 Top Causes of Small Business Data Loss

5 Top Causes of Small Business Data Loss

You shouldn’t need to be told just how important it is to protect yourself against data loss. It can radically reduce productivity, erode client and customer confidence, and even see you facing legal action. So, you should clearly understand some of the most common causes of data loss – only by knowing what they are can you get started tightening up security and following best practices. Human Error Yes, human error is one of the top causes of data loss. It happens all the time, especially when staff have not been well trained. They might delete the wrong files or open a malicious email that destroys your system or corrupts your data. Viruses and Malware Viruses and malware spread like wildfire, and your data is the kindling. This is generally more of an additional problem than the main aim, but it’s still an issue you need to address. If any type of malicious software infects your system, it can either damage, delete, or corrupt your data. In the case of ransomware, data can be held hostage until you pay an unlock fee. Hardware Malfunction Recent research indicated that over 40% of users lose data simply because of hardware or system malfunctions. What’s truly maddening is that such malfunctions are often entirely avoidable. You may, for example, continue using a hard drive that shows signs of breaking down, or you may fail to replace a PC that keeps turning itself off. Water Damage When we talk about water damage, what we often mean is beverage damage. It’s incredible how much data is lost simply because people are irresponsible when it comes to carrying coffee. Unfortunately, liquids can easily short circuit important electronic components, and this often makes recovery of data impossible. Power Outages Finally, power outages can shut down your entire

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7 Icebreaker Questions That Could Kill Your Business Relationship

7 Icebreaker Questions That Could Kill Your Business Relationship

  Every customer relationship starts somewhere. Classic “in person” questions like “so, what do you do?” rarely lead to memorable conversations that can get the small business leaders noticed. Some awkward questions can even lead to making a bad first impression that ends the relationship even before it starts.

How to Select a Logistics Firm

How to Select a Logistics Firm

Businesses can be careless while selecting logistics firms, often assigning the job to anyone who offers first. However, logistics businesses are the most important partners of your firm. Hence, selecting a service provider that offers good services and a long-term association will be better for you.

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