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Technical Focus If You Lose All Your Data Today Would You Still Be in Business Tomorrow? BY BRYAN BURNS IF YOU LOST your computer in a natural disaster, would you be able to recover any of your data? If you are like most people, the answer is no. The overwhelming majority of computer users fail to back up on a regular basis, even though the data on the computer is probably worth more than the machine itself. Negligence is the biggest reason most people are not conscientious about backing up their files. When deciding how to approach backing up important fi les, consumers face a confusing array of options: tape drives, optical drives and removable hard disks, among others. Besides the expense of the hardware, which ranges from $150-$400, each tape or removable disk is an additional cost — usually around $99 each. Fortunately, there is an alternative to these costly hardware solutions. Online data storage is, in many ways, cheaper, more reliable and much less complicated than traditional methods. It is an efficient option that can take the guesswork out of backup decisions and protect data from viruses, theft or natural disasters. Companies that offer online data storage provide simple backup plans that can securely move data from a client’s computer, via the Internet or a dial-up connection, to an off-site storage facility. This allows clients the ability to back up their computers anytime, anywhere. Instead of deliberating over tapes, floppy disks and backup schedules, subscribers to online data storage services can make use of provided software that automates the backup process and allows 24-hour access to stored data. Backups are unattended and safer than traditional methods because the data is not vulnerable to any disaster that may strike your office. 16 • Third Quarter 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008
From the President
From Hypo to Gas - A Forward Leap
If You Lose All Your Data Today... Would You Still Be in Business Tomorrow?
Weaving the Wireless Web
Rural Water and the Farm Bill
Ensuring Your Water System's Security
Guarding Against Becoming a Victim of Fraud
10 Ways to Improve Utility Efficiency
New Technology
Making a Difference By Being Involved
Regulatory Update
Source Water Protection Corner
Throwing My Loop
Cub Scouts Visit Alliance of Indiana Rural Water's Spring Conference
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008