There is a not so old saying in I.T… Those who have lost data and those who will.
There are a lot of ways that data can be lost today like, compromised computers via virus & ransomware, lost or stolen computers and just plan old $hit happens. Most businesses and home users put off effective backup planning not because it is expensive but because they have never lost anything…… yet. There is a simple and basic way of thinking about backups, almost as simple as 1,2,3….
The Basic Backup Strategy: 3-2-1
You should think about your backups in two parts: a local, easily-accessible backup system and one that’s stored offsite.
#1 You local working copy like word or excel files. You can access these files on your local hard drive.
#2 Is a local backup. A local backup gives you immediate, instant access on-site to whatever data you might need back, regardless of whether it’s deleted, lost, or overwritten. This is never stored on the same machine as your working copy. They could be stored on USB Sticks, NAS devices (my favorite).
#3 An offsite backup. If anything happens to your house, place of business or the equipment that holds your data, you can have peace of mind that your data is safe and sound. Cloud backups is extremely cheap today and can be included in some applications like Microsoft 365 which includes 1TB of storage in OneDrive.
Did you know Windows 10 has a built-in backup program? Easy to use and it works great for local copies (#2). Backup them up to your USB Drive!
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