20 Jun 2012

Survey: Small businesses back up data, but need to move off-site

A recent survey indicates many Canadian small businesses are backing up their financial data, but many are leaving the critical files on-site, where they are not necessarily protected.

The study, by Sage Simply Accounting, found that nearly all small businesses back up critical data. However, many are then storing their files within the building, which essentially defeats the purpose of having a back-up. A fire in the building, for example, would wipe out the original copies and the back-ups. With affordable Toronto self storage rates available for small business and document storage, owners should consider using off-site backup for their files instead.

"An overwhelming 98 percent of Canadian small businesses are backing up their financial data, but only 28 percent are doing it exclusively off-site or via a web-based application, while 72 percent report backing up on-site. While any backup is better than none, copies of critical information kept on-site could easily be lost in the event of a natural disaster or even fire, theft or a hardware failure," said Nancy Harris, vice president and general manager at Sage Simply Accounting.

The study also found that nearly 40 percent back up their data on a daily basis, with an additional 20 percent doing so several times per week. The remaining business back up their files less often.

As the world grows digital, many are turning to online storage for their documents. However, it's always a good idea to have physical backups. Jiffy Self Storage is a leader in Toronto storage and can provide plenty of space for important files and other items. Those interested in learning more should visit Jiffy's website, where they can enter to win a free iPad 3.

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