ixDownload.com's exposes Moral Hazards present in Data Backup Software
05/22/2011

ixDownload.com's Data Backup Software guide identifies key factors that defeat the effectiveness of some data backup software packages and helps readers prevent future data recovery costs and hassles.

Online PR News – 22-May-2011 – – (Bellevue WA, May 16 2011) Al Capone famously said "Vote early and vote often." Violations of electoral law aside, this saying perfectly applies to data backups. Frequent and full data backups are extremely crucial now more than ever because the Internet has exploded the security risks that threaten computer users' data. From spam mail containing HTML files that refresh to virus and/or trojan loading websites to hijacked websites that load all sorts of malicious software to infected torrent files, there are almost an infinite number of ways your data can be corrupted or your computer's security compromised. While antivirus software provides frontline defenses against data corruption by detecting, blocking, and fixing virus/malware, data backup software acts as the final backstop against data corruption by copying your data and reconstituting your data after your system has crashed.

Sadly, if there's a mismatch between the user's particular computer usage patterns or level of technical savvy and the specific data backup software he or she has chosen, this might lead to "moral hazards" that weaken the ability of even the best data backup software to properly do its job. "The two key areas where moral hazard might come into play in the data backup software field are in the areas of software complexity and the availability of built in burning capability," says Oliver Thompson, the Media Relations Principal of ixDownload.com, the Internet's leading provider of download software information and software package reviews. "Difficult to understand and/or operate data backup software leads to a moral hazard where the user doesn't use the software as much as he or she needs to. This can lead to disastrous results in the even of a crash. In this case, the intricacy of how to set up the software for easy backups may get in the way of it being set up properly to do its job," added Thompson. The end result of misconfigured or improperly configured backup software is a reduced level of backup protection. IxDownload.com's guide to data backup software, located at http://www.ixdownload.com/reviews/data-backup-software/ covers these moral hazards and suggests selection criteria to keep in mind which address these hazards.

Another key area where a user and application mismatch might lead to moral hazard-based decreased levels of protection is in the availability of a media burning functionality in the backup software package. "We've noticed that the more hurdles you put in the backup process, the less likely frequent and thorough backups are done. The lack of a built-in burning function in some data backup software packages definitely adds another level of hassle to the backup process since the user will have to use stand alone burning applications," noted Thompson. While this might seem like a small detail, every small hurdle results in the increased likelihood that users will keep backups on their hard drives instead of hard media like CDs or DVDs or even other soft media like USB memory sticks. Keeping soft backups on their hard drive make users susceptible to data corruption should the whole drive suffer extensive problems.

"Each user is different and the moral hazards inherent in user and software mismatch can take many shapes," said Thompson. "We strongly suggest users to read our thorough guide to data backup software so they can step through the considerations they need to keep in mind to prevent the very real problems moral hazards pose," said Thompson.

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