Backups: Your Essential Plan B

October 10, 2018

Backups: Your Essential Plan B

Sometimes life just doesn’t go according to  plan. When Plan A fails, it is important to have a Plan B ready to implement. In the case of computer data, Plan B is for Backup. You need a good backup system.

Data loss happens. It is a fact of computer life. But your data doesn’t have to be lost forever. Here are essential tips to help you develop your own Plan B for Backup.

  • Your critical data should never reside in a single place. Hard drives crash. Tablets can be lost or stolen. Files become corrupted. You must have multiple copies of your important data.

  • The ideal backup strategy will typically include both an online backup service (e.g., Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, CrashPlan, iCloud) and an offline backup utility (e.g., external hard drives, flash drives) to ensure your data is secure no matter what happens to your mobile device or computer.

  • Backups are not a “one-and-done” strategy. You must set up a plan to regularly create backups of your files. Don’t worry. It isn’t as complicated as it used to be. Running consistent, automatic backups is a straightforward process that will take little time to set up and will require even less time to maintain. Some backup software can even be configured to run in real time whenever you make changes to your computer files.

  • Routinely test your backup solution to ensure you can recover your data in the event that you do actually need to restore from a backup.

If you have ever experienced a crashed hard drive, you know that dreaded feeling of loss. Just imagine the wonderful feeling of relief you will experience when disaster strikes, knowing that your Plan B for Backup is waiting in the wings.