Revealed! What really causes data loss and how you can prevent it

Data loss is no joke. Yet so many of us take the possibility of losing all our client and business data seriously. Data loss doesn’t just mean losing client information and a few names and addresses. It can completely turn your business upside down, leaving your work catastrophically damaged and unable to recover.

The way we store and handle our data is changing, with more businesses than ever turning to cloud-storage for peace of mind. However, that doesn’t always mean your data is protected, and if you’re still using traditional methods of data storage like hard drives and file duplication, then you could be looking at a total loss of data that is unrecoverable. It’s for this reason that businesses are turning to the experts in data recovery and loss – like Probrand DRaaS – to help keep their business moving and keep their reputation intact.

But what causes data loss? And what can we do to prevent it? They say that prevention is better than cure, so read on to find out more.


If all your files are sitting on your laptop, computer, USB stick, or a portable hard drive then they’re at risk of theft. If a thief was to break into your business premises or your home and take your expensive-looking laptop, you’ve not only lost a valuable asset but also all your data. Even if it wasn’t their intention to steal your data, it’s gone and there’s nothing you can do about it. Not only that, but laptops and tech can easily be left on trains, stolen from overhead compartments, or even slipped from your shoulder in busy areas.

When you opt for DRaaS, your files are all kept remotely and protected from physical theft.

data loss causes and prevention

Water damage

We’ve all experienced the horror of spilling a coffee all over our desk. Worryingly, a little slip like this can take out all your data storage. Water damage caused by clumsiness or even flooding usually renders any data destroyed and it won’t be able to be recovered.

Having a disaster recovery plan in place means that even if you drop your morning drink all over your laptop or you have a flash flood and your office is destroyed, your data won’t be.


You’re only a small business, you don’t need to worry about a cyber-attack, right? Sadly, many hackers specifically target small businesses like yours simply because they don’t believe they’ll be victims of malware or hacking. Every business should take cybersecurity seriously and have a robust IT infrastructure in place where firewalls and anti-virus protection are regularly updated.

A disaster recovery plan will help keep your data safe and prevent any of your information from being deleted, modified, or wiped.

Human error

We all make mistakes. But deleting files when backups aren’t available is one of the epic proportions. Updating or wiping files, deleting the wrong ones, or overwriting entries by mistake are all examples of human error that aren’t just frustrating, but they’re mistakes that can seriously harm the reputation of your business.

Speak with a DRaaS provider today to discuss your data backup options.

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