Too many people think that they are safe because they backup their files on an external hard drive. But that is not true. One backup simply isn’t enough as you can see in various articles here: http://www.onlinebackupreviews.org
But what can you do to prevent yourself from terrible data loss?
Of course that’s easier said than done. If you’ve already backed up your files on an external hard drive you made the first step. Good! But as we’ve said before that’s not enough. You need:
- a solid backup on an external hard drive
- a secondary online backup for your files
- another back up ideally off site.
That makes three backups to get your data safely stored. This is important because if one backup fails you’ll always have a fallback that will save your life one day. Data loss happens every day. So it is not a question if but when your data will fall victim to a total computer crash.
What Kind of Backup Options Do You Have?
There are a myriad of backup options available to you. We’re going to cover every single one in this article so that you can feel well prepared.
Local backup is the easiest and quickest way to get your computer files in a secure location. You can for example connect an external hard drive or a Time Capsule if you’re a Mac user and select to backup your files there. However, this is also the most insecure way to backup your files. Because what happens if you house burns down or somebody breaks in? You data is gone, too.
Off site backup
You can backup your data off-site meaning you use a different location than your own home or office. You can backup your data to an external hard drive and then carry that to a friend’s house or another safe location. While that might be the cheapest way it is far from ideal. That’s why we recommend an online backup solution.
Data Backup Online
Online data backup is one of the best ways to protect your files from data theft, or other calamities. You just have to sign up for a service provider for a very low monthly fee and then you set up your data backup to run automatically in the background. Yes, there are a couple of things to keep in mind and we’re going to talk about those in depth here on nram.org.nz
Risks of Online Backup Solutions
Of course online backup doesn’t come without risks especially if you’re having sensitive information that you need to backup. That’s why you need to make sure your online backup service has the following:
- Local encryption
- Server side encryption
- Good consumer reviews
- Ideally a long history on the market (10+ years)
If you can find a service that meets that criteria you’re on the best way to enjoy peace of mind knowing that your data is safe.