The time to find out that you have no backup of your data is not when your computer or server crashes. In this day and age, there is no reason to be in a position where you can lose all your precious data. I see some people using multiple USB flash drives to keep their different sets of data. This becomes a problem when you misplace the flash drive, drop it or the flash drive malfunctions to a point where your data is not recoverable from it. Some people get the USB external hard drives to store their backups. That’s not a bad solution but by itself it is not enough. If you backup your data to a hard drive that is comprised of a single hard drive, you run the risk of that drive failing. A majority of hard drives out there are still magnetic mechanical devices. These hard drives ultimately fail and being prepared for that failure is very important. If an external hard drive is your only backup option, you should look for the external hard drives that contain at least two hard drives programmed in RAID 1. RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) 1 is called a mirror. If one of the hard drives fail, the data is not lost because it is copied in real time to the second hard drive in the array. Just replace the failed drive and the array will rebuild itself. The best way to protect your data is by using a cloud-based backup solution. There are many providers of cloud-based backup services but you want to make sure you choose one that meets your needs. Firma IT Solutions has partnered with legendary cloud backup company Carbonite to provide online backup solutions for personal and business needs. Having the peace of mind that your data is safe in the event of a crash is something Firma IT Solutions is ready to set you up with today.