Data Security – Backups

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Data security is one of the most important things in today’s world of fast-growing Tech.

 

We are going to take a look at the best way to backup your computer.

Your computer’s hard drive could fail at any time, a virus-like the ransomware virus can encrypt your data. This is why you should keep at least two back-ups of your data.

Your data is the backbone of your business and should be kept safe: 

So let’s kick things off by looking at the backup solutions we can choose from:)

  1. External Drive Hard Drive
  2. Online Backup
  3. Cloud Storage Service

Now that we have a few options to where we can back up our data lest look at what they have to offer and how they can work for us. You can also use two of the mentioned solutions at the same time to better secure your data.

 

External Drive Hard Drive: This is the most commonly used why to back up data files.

Windows  / Mac Backup:

  • Setting this backup is fast and cost-effective.
  • Microsoft comes with a built-in backup program that is simple to set up.
  • Mac comes with Time Machine to back up your system.
  • You can also get third-party backup software that you can us, As the windows backup has its limitations.
  • When you need to restore data it’s quick and easy.
  • The Microsoft best practice is to have two backup drives that get rotated regularly.

The downside of having a physical hard drive connected two your computer is the following:

  • If you only have one and it fails you could lose your data.
  • If you get robbed and the drive is connected to your computer it will most definitely be taken as well.
  • Having to make sure that you connect it to your computer, and performing the backup.

 

Online Backups: Nowadays we have a large number of online backup solutions.

So online backups you say, yes sir online backups.

  • This is a service that a large number of Service providers offer.
  • You need internet.
  • Your not at risk of the following: Hard drive failure, theft, natural disasters, and everything in between;)
  • No need to worry about connecting your backup drive as you can backup on the go.
  • The programs run in the background on your PC or Mac

The downside of having an online backup solution is as follows:

  • Online backup services cost money.
  • When running the initial backup process, you may find it takes longer.
  • If you not using an uncapped internet line you could run out of data.

Cloud Storage: This is technically not seen as a backup solution.

This solution is normally used for accessing your files and folders on the go. Making it more of a workspace than a backup system. But if we break it down it is a basic form of backup. ( Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive)

  • They are free in many cases and easy to setup.
  • Because it’s online it protects you from data loss. (This also depends on what data has been  stored on it so please make sure the data most imported to you is synced to it)

The Downside:

  • This services are free but are limited to the about of free data that can be stored on them.
  • Once you have maxed the free storage amount you can upgrade.
  • This method can both be simpler or more complicated than a straight-up backup program.

 

Ishmael Smith