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Improve Your Online Security: Backup Your Data

Make sure you can recover quickly.  A cyber attack may mean you lose some or all of your data, such as pictures, documents, or financial or client information. Backing up regularly will help you get back on track.


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Backing up means creating a copy of your information and saving it to another device or to cloud storage (online).

Backing up regularly means you will always have a recent version of your information saved. This will help you recover quicker if your data is lost or stolen.

You can also turn on automatic backup. This will regularly save your information into cloud storage, without you having to remember.

If you back up your information to a USB stick or an external hard drive, disconnect it from your computer when a back up isn’t being done.

How to turn on automatic backup

How to turn on automatic backup for:

Advice on backups for sole traders and small businesses

Backing up your data will mean your business can continue to operate if a cyber incident does happen.

Start by identifying the data that is most important to your business. This could be financial, contract, customer or supplier information. Make sure it is backed up regularly.

You should also know how to restore a backup in the event of data loss.

For more information, see our Small Business Guide



The post "Improve your online security today " was written and posted by the National Cyber Security Centre.   Cyber Aware is the UK government’s advice on how to stay secure online.  Learn more about the National Cyber Security Centre  

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