“comparing the percentage of home computers that have an anti-virus software installed (96 percent) with the number of small business websites that use an anti-virus software, which is just 65 percent, despite the fact that 6000 websites are blacklisted by search engines everyday for carrying viruses.” – Michael Garrity, Website MagazineMoreover the article goes on to state:
- “…75 percent of PC users use passwords to protect their data, but only 50 percent of small business sites do”
- “…only 45 percent of home PCs and 35 percent of small business websites are protected from phishing, although around 156 million phishing emails are sent every day, and the number of phishing attacks around the world reached 445,004 in 2012, a 58 percent increase from the year before.”
- “…40 percent of small business’s backup their website data online, only 23 percent of home users have secure data backups.”
Human Error and Equipment FailureOff the bat, the idea of home consumers and businesses backing up their data is a bit of a stretch. If we are honest about data backups, the vast majority of data backups are done via a USB device or an external hard drive. Regardless if the consumer is private or runs a company, the vast majority of IT consumers backup their data on 1GB -128GB USB sticks or 8GB – 500TB external hard drives. The issue with this is two fold:
- Human Error – How often do you really backup your data? At home or at work, how often do you really backup and take care of your data? If you are like the vast majority of users, you don’t. Now although 23 percent of home users have secure data backup solutions, it still comes down to the home user to a) backup said data and b) ensure encryption of said data. Point in case, a recent study of home backup data practices revealed that 34% of U.S. based companies fail to test their backup solutions on a normal basis and of those who do, 77% found their backup solution of choice wasn’t getting the job done correctly. Moreover, 6 – 10% of all PC’s will have some variation of hard drive data loss within the year. This data loss equates to billions of dollars in lost business.
- Equipment Failure – Another amazing stat uncovered by Mozy Online Backup is roughly 140,000 hard drives (internal and external) crash on a weekly basis. This means if you’re not backing up critical business data on a normal basis, when your hard drive goes, you will lose a ton of data which your business needs to operate.