Data Backup

Having computer and technology problems is inevitable, however, you can minimize the damage those problems cause by taking a few preventative measures before disaster strikes. First, let’s backup your data so when disaster strikes, you’re ready!

Backup Your Data

The more copies you have of your important data, the less likely you are to lose it. At a minimum most security experts recommend the 3-2-1 rule:
• 3 copies of your data
• 2 are with you (PC and an external hard drive)
• 1 is off-site (cloud or safe deposit box)

More copies is always better, as long as they’re properly secured with a strong password and two factor authentication. Encrypting your data is also vital, and it can be easy depending on your hardware and operating system – but more on that later.

For cloud backup check out these services:
SpiderOak One – a solid Zero Knowledge backup solution (meaning your data is encrypted before it leaves your computer and even they can’t see it)

Carbonite – one of the easiest services I’ve used before and it’s practically set-it-and-forget-it.

Microsoft OneDrive – it’s more than just a backup solution, it provides syncing across multiple devices and1TB of storage is included in an Office subscription.

Google Drive – similar to OneDrive, but their pricing structure isn’t a direct comparison.