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How to Help Your Small Business Recover from Data Loss

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Written by Eva Benoit | eva.benoit@evabenoit.com | evabenoit.com

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Unfortunately, data loss is a common threat to business owners. Files are accidentally deleted, malware finds its way onto company servers, or a freak electrical problem wipes everything clean. Not only will this unfortunate event immediately shut down your business operations, but it can also negatively impact your company’s reputation in the long run. Even if you’re able to recover your data, your business can suffer from lengthy outages as you rush to get everything back up and running. Here's how to help your business recover as quickly as possible if you face a sudden data loss.

Hire a Data Recovery Specialist

The first thing to do when you discover a data loss is to call in professional help. Data recovery specialists can help you recover lost files and keep your downtime to a minimum. And outsourcing to a specialist, rather than trying to do it yourself, can quickly get your systems back up and running when your business experiences a technical failure. Attempting to restore lost data yourself can make the problem worse if you don’t know what you’re doing, so avoid googling DIY data recovery tricks or installing data recovery software. A specialist in data recovery loss know exactly how to work with software and hardware to recover data without causing further damage.

In the event of a system failure, Secure Data Recovery advises that you avoid operating your storage system and keep your computer turned off until a specialist can properly analyze your problem. By doing so, you will drastically improve your chances of a successful recovery.

Get the Facts Straight

One of the first things to do after a major data loss is to record everything you know about what happened. You’ll want to find out how much data was lost and what type of data is missing. Was it company financial records? Website files? Your customers’ personal information? Take note of everywhere the data was stored and everyone who had access to it. Don't forget to list email accounts and remote servers that may have held the data at some point. You’ll also need to determine if it was simply lost or if it was stolen. If the data was stolen, you’ll have to take some extra security measures as soon as possible to reduce the extent of the damage.

Notify Your Affected Customers

Since a data loss or breach puts your business’s reputation on the line, it’s important to make a statement to your affected clients or customers before the media outs the issue. Keep your notice free from technical jargon, and reassure the customer that you're doing everything possible to protect their information. If you want more tips on breaking the news to your customers, read this article by Business Insider.


You should also check your state regulations to find out what kind of legal responsibility you have and who you are required to notify about the lost data. This can help you avoid harsh fines for failing to notify regulatory bodies in the event that your data was actually stolen.


Take Preventative Measures for the Future

After analyzing the situation and determining the cause of the data loss, start planning so this doesn’t happen again. MSP Insights recommends identifying potential risks as a good place to start. Find out if your web hosting provider has security and accident-prevention measures in place to keep your data safe. Ensure you have a fail-proof backup system working so you can recover your business ASAP if an accident occurs in the future. Try to have 3 physical copies of your company’s data stored in 2 different formats, and at least one copy of your data stored off site. It’s also a good idea to teach your employees about data security and how to be on the lookout for malware or viruses.

As a small business owner, the first thing to remember when faced with a data loss is to remain calm. It's natural to panic in this situation, as many people do. Although your business may suffer a decline due to downtime or a hit on your reputation, it is very possible to recover when you take the correct actions.

8 New Ways Will Be Making History in 2016

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Are you ready to make history in 2016?

Last year we made some history. This year we have a few things cooking that we wanted to let you our Stereotype Fam know about first. Here are 8 things to look out for from us in 2016

1. Worksheets - We will be designing new worksheets to inspire our Stereotype Fam around the world. All available for FREE

2. Accessory line available on our site - If you met us at a Mobile Gift Shop you may have seen our many accessories from necklaces to bracelets. We'll this year you will be able to get some special pieces on our site

3. Kids Collection - We are proud to be working on our kids line releasing by the end of January. No size will be left out of this collection

4. Women Lifestyle Collection - We will introduce a few pieces from our 'Active Dreamer' line for women

5. Educational Programs - We will be partnering up with organizations and youth centers to provide curriculum for people of all ages to take start up and fashion classes.

6. Events in new cities - You will find us in different cities working with some amazing people to do some interesting things

7. Dreamers Blog Features - We will be featuring dreamers every couple of days on our site providing insight, information and tips.

8 - Collection - New shirts, headwear, novelty goods and collectibles will be available. We will be using many new technologies and innovations to create such pieces. All will be produced in Staten Island

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE HISTORY THIS YEAR? 
Let us know and we'll help you accomplish them!
 

TELL US YOUR DREAM FOR 2016

USE THIS 2016 LOYALTY GIFT CARD

'5 Underground Mixtapes from 2015 You Should Listen To' by DJ Damac

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DJ DAMAC is a local DJ from Staten Island best known for his mixtapes and Dangeroom Radio Show. We asked him what 5 Underground Mixtapes you should listen to and here's what he had to say

1. INTELL - AWAKENING

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INTELL speaks knowledge of self with intellectual story telling word play and mind provoking lyrics. 

http://www.datpiff.com/iNTeLL-Awakening-mixtape.718896.html

2. RICK GONZALEZ - DIVINE MECHANICS

RICK GONZALEZ actor now pursing music definitely has that hunger for this hip hop with this street/radio music this is something to blast in the car.

https://soundcloud.com/rickgonzalezofficial/sets/rickgonzaleznahrightvodkamilk

 

 

3. DEVINE CARAMA - A VINTAGE LOVE SUPREME 

DEVINE CARAMA captures that vintage hip hop sound with his metaphoric  love for hip hop.

https://devinecarama.bandcamp.com/album/a-vintage-love-supreme

 

4. DJ-V - MANIAC RESISTANCE 3

DJ-V a emcee with a voice that makes you wanna stay tuned to every word capturing that hunger he has in every bar ready to take on all, this is a high energy mixtape something to workout to sure to keep you hyped up. 

https://soundcloud.com/djvhorrorflick/sets/maniac-3-resistance

 

 

5. EDDY I - TROUBLEMAKERS

This is my personal favorite not just because I hosted the mixtape but because this young emcee made me feel amazed by his joy for making music. Yea I guess I'm bias because I am the host of this mixtape haha

http://www.datpiff.com/Eddy-I-Troublemakers-hosted-By-Dj-Damac-mixtape.740132.html

 

CONNECT WITH DJ DAMAC

IG - HTTPS://INSTAGRAM.COM/DJDAMAC

TWITTER - HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/ONLY1DJDAMAC

FACEBOOK - HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/DJDAMAC

EMAIL - DJDAMAC@GMAIL.COM

 

Check his latest work 'DANGEROOM RADIO SHOW'

 coming back in 2016

https://soundcloud.com/djdamac-1/sets/dangeroom-radio


That Time We Customized Gear for Pusha T & his band #RIPDayDay

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2 nights ago I heard that one of Pusha T's homies DayDay passed. His team hit us up to make them something to honor him. They wanted to rep him on the Daily Show. With little time I designed, printed them, drove to Manhattan and made it happen an hour before soundcheck. Shout out to Deion and Kyle Blaine.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE BELOW

Who caught the performance of my new song "Sunshine" on The Daily Show from last night? What did you guys think?! #DarkestBeforeDawn TWO DAYS!

Posted by Pusha T on Wednesday, December 16, 2015