I see a lot of computers, servers and networks–both personally and professionally. And there are a few things we’ve got to talk about and data backup is one of them. Important questions to ask about your data backup system:
#1 – What does it backup and how does it do it? Does it backup files, folders, databases or my Windows software?
#2 – How easy is it to restore data from the backup? Can I restore a file, folder or the entire system? How long does it take to restore?
#3 – Is my backup data secure from ransomware or malicious software that can seek and destroy my backup data?
#4 – Is my sensitive data encrypted or protected from unauthorized access if lost or stolen? (think external hard drives or USB devices)
#5 – Does my backup system have history to enable me to restore files from different points in time?
#6 – Does my backup store data securely offsite in a cloud in case of a disaster or other loss?
Another topic I want to write on soon is how to backup your social media accounts or mobile devices. Many of us use our phones exclusively (instead of a PC or Mac) and we’re storing more personal content than ever. How can we protect and preserve our valuable memories?
Let’s start a discussion: what kind of data backup system do you have? Leave a comment below. And follow the blog via email (top right) so we can stay in touch on this topic.