How to Choose an Online Backup Service

by Larry Emmott on November 9, 2011

in Security

How important are your computer files? When asked here is what people said:

  • 50 percent would rather lose all of their vacation time for an entire year than lose all of the files on their computer.
  • 38 percent of married Americans feel that it would be worse to lose everything on their computer than to lose their wedding ring.
  • 62 percent said they would pay to get back their lost data if their computer crashed, 21 percent said they would pay $500, and 27 percent said they would pay as much as they needed to.
  • 34% would give up beer and wine for a year.
  • via How to Choose an Online Backup Service | PCMag.com.

    As precious as our personal computer files are to us, our dental business records are even more important. Backing up our office computer files is essential. The best backup solution in most cases is an automatic online service.

    The linked PC Mag article above addresses the subject for personal use however many of the issues and options are equally relevant to business use. In dentistry we have the added obligation of HIPAA compliance.

    Some dental backup systems only cover your Practice Management System (like Dentrix). That’s not good enough. You need to protect all your data including checkbook (like QuickBooks) photos, radiographs, word documents, and even e-mail archives.

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