PRIMARY REASONS BEHIND DATA LOSS
WHAT IS DATA LOSS?
Data loss is the inability to access data in the device due to errors in software/hardware operation or due to user’s improper action. Or you can say it is the intentional or unintentional destruction of data (information) caused by people or processes from within or outside the organization. Data loss is the serious problem for business of all sizes. Losing data/files means losing time and money to recover information that is essential to your business.
THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR DATA LOSS IN LAPTOPS/COMPUTERS:
Failures that lead to data loss are generally divided into two categories: physical and logical. A physical failure is caused by the problems with any physical component of the computer, whereas a logical failure is related to the issues with its logical structure.
The pie chart below illustrates the percentage ratio of common data loss causes.
- HARD DRIVE FAILURES:
Hard drives are the most fragile part of computers and it has been observed that in most of the cases data loss occur due to hardware or system malfunction. Most of the hard disk failure occurs due to mechanical issues, human mishandling, overheats, sudden power failure, liquid damage, etc. Hence, to prevent it from damage, one should use device appropriately and keeps the computer dust free.
- HUMAN ERROR:
Humans are not impeccable, they make mistakes and sometimes they are big one. Human error is also another common cause of data loss which causes unintentional deletion of files/folders. Therefore, proper training for data handling could prevent data loss situation. Ensure that your employees understand how data processing within your company works and how your backup systems functions.
- VIRUS MALWARE:
Virus or malware attack harm or damage your essential data. A computer often gets virus from email based attack when an employee clicks on the corrupted link. Then this link causes virus or malware to enter the system that damages or steals the files. To keep your device virus free one should have anti-virus software in the system and it should be constantly updated.
- POWER OUTAGES:
A power failure can halt your business operations significantly. Shutting software systems down suddenly not only result in the loss of unsaved data but it can also make existing files corrupt. The best way to protect your systems from power outages is by making regular, automatic system backups. It is also advised to have generator or a backup battery to protect your system during power failure.
Theft of device (laptop) is very common occurrence in any organization, it mainly occurs when your device is unattended. When physical device is stolen, it is very tragic to lose data and system at the same time. Losing system is less painful if you use proper data backup strategy and keep data in safe storage.
- HACKERS AND INSIDERS:
Hacking and data breach is very common these days. Good cyber security is very essential to the organization/business to protect it from data loss. Unauthorized visitors in your network can genuinely harm, erase and take any information, to minimize these problems one can use firewalls in the system.
Above are the most common causes for data loss. However, there might be other reasons too but these are the primary one that can damage your crucial data. Hope these causes help you to understand the reason behind the data breach. Whatever the real cause for data loss, there always a solution for that.
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