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Data loss is any process or event that causes data to be corrupted, deleted, and made unreadable by a user, software, or application. Data loss is also known as data leak. Data loss applies to both stationary and moving data (transmitted over the network).

Data loss can occur for various reasons. Primary ones are listed below:

  • Data corruption
  • Deliberate or inadvertent deletion or overwriting of data by a user or attacker.
  • Data being stolen over the network by intrusion or any network intervention attack.
  • Physical damage or theft of the storage device.
  • Virus attack that deletes one file or more

More specifically;

Software Related Causes:

  • Installing an operating system   
  • Operating system crash
  • Virus attack
  • Data deletion
  • Overwriting deleted data
  • User error
  • Formatting
  • Sabotage

Physical Causes:

  • High-voltage electricity
  • Manufacturing defect
  • The device falls to the ground
  • Natural disasters
  • User error
  • Mechanical failure
  • Liquids spilled on the device
  • Overheating of the device
  • Dusty environment

Sabotage Causes reasons:

  • Conscious or unconscious use
  • Physical damage
  • Operating system crash
  • Virus attack
  • Remote access
  • Deleting data
  • Overwritting deleted data

If we look at statistical data on data loss, recent data loss statistics create a serious need not only for the use of secure USB drives, but also for data security strategies across organizations. According to a study, 60% of companies lost data, went bankrupt six months later, and 58% were not prepared to face such a situation.


As you can see, there are many reasons for data loss. Data is lost and this lost is not 100% preventable. However, you can significantly reduce the impact of data loss by ensuring that your sensitive data is protected on the basis of a data protection concept. For example, one day you go to work, you see all the computers are attacked by a virus. If you have not stored this data in the cloud storage, all your documents, folders, in short, the most important information for you, is destroyed. If you do not want to lose your data, you should use a secure cloud storage system. Docunox not only ensures your data is safe, but also protects your data with the encryption technique it uses.


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