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Myspace – a warning

Myspace data loss

Myspace has said they have lost all content owned by customers from its service between 2003 and 2015. This content will most likely include millions of photos, videos and music uploaded prior to 2016. Myspace was the goto place for musical acts and individuals wanting to seek a larger audience. A lot of those who have lost their intellectual property will probably have used Myspace as their sole repository for their digital lives.

The data loss happened more than a year ago and comes as no surprise to those who have been reporting the data loss for some time. The overall loss is reportedly an upwards of 45 million songs with at least 12 million artists affected. The popularity of Myspace spawned a generation of young artists who could showcase their talents to an exec on the other side of the world. This was the birth of ‘viral content’. Richard Branson wrote in his autobiography that if he were a young artist trying to make it big, he wouldn’t necessarily go down the traditional record company route as a way to promote his music, and would instead build a presence online using Myspace.

Myspace blamed a failed data migration as the likely cause. This is most likely if they were using a migration technique which wasn’t risk-free. A lot of tech commentators have been quick to blame Myspace for not having a backup. This is a little misleading because it is impossible to backup such a large amount of data. Instead, the data would have been replicated across different nodes. The decision to backup always rests with the content owner, and is not an easy message to get across to someone who hasn’t suffered a loss of data before.

Thankfully, data loss isn’t as common place as it used to be. We would regularly receive calls from a Tech Admin trying to restore a server after their server RAID had failed and all data had been lost (that was if RAID was in use in the first place).

How do you protect yourself from such a failure on Facebook, Dropbox or another cloud system? The only way is to have your data stored on more than one solution. A USB disk locked in the company safe might suffice, as would taking the disk home at night. You can save a few pounds doing it that way, however the overhead and increased risk of hardware failure or theft may not make it worthwhile.

The cast iron method is to automatically backup your critical data with a backup schedule to more than one location. Automation and multi-destinations are your best friend here.

With BOBcloud’s cloud 2 cloud backup you can backup your data seamlessly and simultaneously to a local disk, PC, NAS and online to more than 100 cloud and file sharing services. A lot of third party cloud and file sharing services provide a healthy balance of free storage, which will act perfectly as a solid destination.

Contact us if you want an independent review of how your systems are protected and how quickly you can recover from a disaster.

 

 

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