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Data Backups

Your data is not really secure if you have all the logical protection in the world but the hard drive fails and you have no backup. If you have any data you consider Important or Critical, you need to have some form of backup. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be something that covers you in case of hardware failure or data corruption. Typically people use a removable storage drive (such as a tape drive or removable disk) and schedule a backup to run every night or every week. If your data is Critical, such as financials for the home business you run, you should consider having off-site storage for at least one full backup, and you should always have recent data in that location. This is typically a safe deposit box or a tape stored at a family member’s or friend’s house. To keep the data current on the backups, you can rotate the tapes each week. Run a full backup on Friday and leave the tape at home, take last week’s backup tape to the off-site location, and take the tape from the off-site location back home to be used for the next backup. If you use this system, your data will never be more than one week old. If you must have the data more current, simply rotate more frequently. There are plenty of other methods to use, too, but remember that you should keep your backup routine as simple as possible to ensure it gets done every week.


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