When some people think about Cyber Security, often their minds think of network defense, PC protection, antivirus software and even physical security. Add one more thing to that list and you’ll have yourself somewhat of a comprehensive cyber defense plan: Data Backup and redundancy.
Many of us know how important it is to protect our precious photos, media, digital documents and other files, however most of us neglect to do any data backups on a regular basis. Once data is gone, it’s gone along with any chance of recovery if no backup copies exist. In this age of uncertainty, it’s imperative that we attempt to make certain that irreplaceable files are backed up on a regular basis.
If you are just looking to backup and safeguard specific individual files like photos, documents, and other miscellaneous data, a cloud storage solution might be right for you. Services like DropBox (My personal fav), Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google Drive are excellent contenders for file storage while providing the extra benefit of being able to access your files anywhere at anytime. Most cloud storage solutions tend to offer a free offering along with paid plans if needed.
If your backup solution needs to include more files and or you’re more concerned with safeguarding ALL of your data on a computer then a whole-drive backup solution is recommended. There are many ways you can accomplish this, whether you utilize a cloud data backup service like Mozy or a DIY solution of an external USB hard drive (NOT a thumb/flash drive, but the traditional portable hard drives) combined with a data backup software (Many Free and Paid solutions are available to accomplish this). The benefit of this is if any of your data is corrupted or destroyed on your PC, you can recover your entire hard drive’s contents including the operating system and all of your personal files in a timely manner.
I myself use a combination of DropBox for individual files that I need access to on a variety of devices and a portable external hard drive that I use for full drive backups for my MacBook pro. This ensures that my most important documents are stored in the cloud and available at anytime as well as all other files on my laptop are backed up weekly on my external HD. The frequency of your drive backups will depend on the importance of your files. Daily backups provide better protection, however it can become tedious unless you have an automated process in place.
Whatever solution you decide to go with, my humble advice is to get it setup TODAY! Like a good annual physical exam or flood insurance, don’t wait until its too late to implement a good data backup solution. Please feel free to send me an email via the Contact link in the menu if you require individual recommendations on setting up your data backup regimen.