The January MicroOutlook Newsletter is Now Available

Stories this month include an in-depth look at financial relief for small businesses with PPP 2.0, our new Office 365 Management service plan, an unlimited-capacity Cloud backup special, and tips for using Multi-Factor Authentication.

Download or read your free copy here.

The Polar Vortex and a Big Misunderstanding about Data Backups

Chicago -23F, Cotton, Minnesota -56F, Minneapolis -28F, Cedar Rapids, Iowa -30F . What do all these bitter cold temperatures have to do with data backups at your business? Two words: Disaster Recovery

Pretty much anyone knows that they should be backing up servers and critical business systems. But here’s something many business owners & managers don’t know: simply having a backup of your data is NOT ENOUGH to guarantee you could be back up and running quickly in the event of a disaster. Let’s look at an example.

Let’s say your employees can’t get to work because of the extreme cold. Or perhaps more likely, because of the extreme cold several fire sprinkler or water pipes in your office freeze and burst ruining your office and everything in it – including servers, routers, switches, and PCs. What do you do?

You were smart and have been backing up your servers to the Cloud. Great! But now you realize you have two big problems; it will take days to download the backed up data or have the vendor copy it all to a portable hard drive and mail it to you. And then once you get it, you’ll need to purchase/rent new servers and networking equipment, find a temporary location to run your business from, and then successfully build and restore the data. Best case scenario? Maybe 3-4 days if nothing goes wrong.

This is why a Disaster Recovery solution is much more than just a backup (although it can also replace your current backup solution). With a true DR solution like MicroData’s SafeGuard, complete virtual server(s) of failed systems can be brought online in the Cloud in minutes and your employees can go back to work from anywhere.

MicroData SafeGuard often costs little more than a simple Cloud backup product, so implementing a true DR solution – and getting the piece of mind that comes with being prepared – doesn’t have to be expensive.

And through February we’re offering 50% off the regular setup charge for MicroData SafeGuard. Learn more or contact us and we’ll be glad to answer your questions or evaluate your current backup/disaster recovery setup.

Everyone stay safe (and warm) out there!

Less Than Half Paying Ransomware Actually Get Their Data Back

As it turns out, paying the ransom on a ransomware attack is a great way to end up losing both your data and your money.

According to a study by Cyberedge, less than 50% of people hit by a ransomware attack who pay the ransom actually are able to recover their files.¬†Of those who caved to the demand and paid the ransom, 49.4 per cent said they could recover their data, while 50.6 ended up losing it anyway. The not-so-shocking conclusion is that criminals don’t always stay true to their word.

So what’s the takeaway? Further reading of the study confirms what we’ve advised our clients for years; make sure you have good backups¬†regardless of whether you use the Cloud or store data locally. And in the event of a ransomware infection, restore to the last backup.

If you’re not 100% sure of your data backups – whether you have Cloud data, premises data, or a combination – contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you. MicroData offers a full Managed Backup service as well as 1-click rollback restore solutions. You can also learn more on our website.

Everyone stay safe out there!


SecureCloud Backup – 50% off Through Dec. 31

MicroData is celebrating the holidays and over the next 2 weeks I’ll announce some special offers for our customers and friends.

Special #1: If you’re looking for a secure business-grade Cloud backup solution, a 1-year subscription to MicroData’s SecureCloud Backup is 50% off through December 31. And we’re even throwing in free setup.

SecureCloud Backup works with any PC, Mac, or Server and requires no user intervention or maintenance. Fully HIPAA compliant with military-grade encryption.

And at 50% off, you can start with 250GB of de-duplicated storage for just $34.50/month (new SecureCloud Backup customers only).

This offer ends December 31, so don’t wait to lock in a full year of savings.

Contact us at 800.924.8167 or online to learn more or get started.



Free Cloud Backup Accounts

Yes, free. Our partner, iDrive, offers 5GB cloud backup accounts for free. No strings attached.

Click here for instructions. Works with Macs or PCs.

And while you can purchase more storage space if you’d like, you can fit a lot onto 5GB. So go for it! Backups are good!