Member Appreciation Month Tip: Institute Redundant Backup. Repeat.
We're finishing up our week of 'decluttering our office + mind' by dealing with digital data backup.
"You'll be sorry you didn't!" - Mom
Last month my basement flooded and the water destroyed everything in its path.
I had meant to check on the sump pump earlier in the day. But the phone rang, laundry needed to be done...life happened. What would've taken me all of 60 seconds to check on ended up costing me a back-breaking 3 days of work ripping out (heavy wet) carpet and dealing with the messy, stinky aftermath of a flooded basement.
Which brings me to backing up computer data.
Back up your data. We all know we should do it. It doesn't take much in the way of time or resources. So why do so many of us drag our feet getting it done - when the consequences for not doing so are disastrous?
No more. Today, we're going to take a look at a few simple solutions for backing up our electronic data, and pledge to 'Get-R-Done.' That way, we don't have to spend any unnecessary time or energy worrying about losing those files, pictures, and contacts we just can't do without.
The power of three. Backing up can be as simple as copying a file from one spot to another (e.g., from your desktop to a removable USB drive). It can also include uploading your files to the cloud, or installing a file-synchronization service.
The point is, there are numerous options and you should be using more than just one. In fact, experts recommend 3 - two local (on different devices) and one off-site.
Luckily for us, our IT guys (Tim and Brandt) are back on the job again, providing a tutorial of how to back up your files using an electronic hard drive (using Windows or Mac,) along with some suggestions for paid storage options. Click here to read the 'Options for Backing Up Your Files' guide.
- Working on a PC? Don't miss 'The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup' from PC Magazine, which also includes information on how to retrieve archived social media posts.
- Working on a Mac? Check out 'The Complete Easy Guide to Backing Up Your Mac' from Macworld, including information on iCloud's backup abilities.
- Want more? Use your Free CLE hours to view Barron Henley's Business Continuity: The New Frontier of Backup, Data Protection and Disaster Avoidance — a Practice Toolbox Series program available in our online CLE library. [1 MCLE|PMCLE]
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