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Preventing a Data Disaster: Top Causes of Data Loss and How to Avoid Them

July 13, 2020

While data loss is frustrating, it is also very costly. The average value of a single piece of data is $148  for a piece of data. If you lost all of your company’s data, what would the financial repercussions for your business? 

The ramifications of losing your data are wide. You could lose customers and the lost data could seriously damage your reputation. 

So, it’s essential to treat your data as a valuable asset and to do everything you can to protect it. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the top causes of data loss. 

Viruses and Malware Cause Data Loss

There are over 100,000 known computer viruses in existence. Being connected to the internet, you are exposed to these and other forms of cyberattack. With new threats emerging continually, it is essential that you have the correct level of security protection.

Physical Damage to Hard Drives

If your data is stored on physical drives, then you run the risk of losing them should the hard disk become damaged. There are many ways that a hard drive can get damaged.

Fire, flood, and human error are just some of the ways that this might happen. 

To avoid data loss through hard disk damage, you should look at cloud storage solutions. By storing your data remotely, you’ll be protected.

Power Failure

If you have a power failure, it could knock all of your systems off. This could lead to a loss of any unsaved data, or existing files becoming corrupted due to the improper shutdown.

By using a cloud-based system, your data will be stored remotely. Data will be saved automatically and you won’t have to worry about losing anything.


If your employees carry important company data on their laptops and these get stolen, then you’ll lose that information. 

Human Error

We all make mistakes from time-to-time. When it comes to data, these mistakes can be inconvenient and costly. 

Mistakes made by employees could include overwriting files, accidental deletion, or clicking on a phishing link in an email. 

To avoid these problems, you should ensure you have IT training in your company, keep your security protection up-to-date.

Get the Protection You Need 

One of the best ways that you can avoid data loss in your business is by connecting with Alura. With our security services, we’ll ensure your data is safe at all times. 

Get in touch today to learn more about the services we offer. 


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