Would You Please Backup?

Keep more than one copy of them, on different storage mediums, and decentralize where you physically keep those backups.

An image of floppy disks.

Protect What Really Matters – Your Files

The most valuable thing about our technology is the data on it.

The files we accumulate throughout our lives are, in a sense, our lives.  The pictures we take, the music we listen to, and the documents we work hard to develop are all at risk, but we could easily secure them by taking a few cautionary steps.

Personally, I like to back my files up daily to an external storage drive that is kept connected to my computer (USB memory sticks are great for this). Another backup is made monthly to a drive that is removed from the computer after the backup is complete and is kept elsewhere.

Have you heard about differential backups?

Differential backups only work on new files and files that have been modified since the last backup. Files that are already on the drive and have not been modified are not touched.

This type of backup essentially mirrors the files on your computer, so it does not keep different/past versions of your files, just the latest.

The technology can be replaced.

Everything else can be replaced, but your files may not be. Keep more than one copy of them, on different storage mediums, and decentralize where you physically keep those backups.

These small steps weave a digital safety net that can save us from catastrophe.

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