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Follow the 3-2-1 rule with backups

The 3-2-1 rule is a great general framework for backing up your data: Back up at least 3 total copies of your data. Ensure 2 of them are local but are on different media (e.g., external hard drives or SD cards). Keep 1 offsite, likely in a cloud-based backup service.

If you rebuild a system from a backup, update it

You can rebuild your computer system if everything is backed up, but it’s possible some of the programs you reinstall will be outdated. This subjects your computer to possible malware or ransomware attacks. That’s why you need to remember to update the software on your computer after rebuilding a system from a backup.

Take care of external hard drives

External hard drives are valuable parts of a backup strategy, even if you also use a cloud-based solution. Make sure to keep it in a safe place when using one, where it won’t fall or get buried under other objects. Think about transferring its contents to other media after 4 years, when the risk of […]

Test that your backups are working properly

Backing up your data is important, but only if it’s being backed up correctly. If the backups are failing, you won’t be able to retrieve your documents, and you will have taken that precaution in vain. Test that your backups are working every so often by retrieving and opening a file. That way, if you […]

Enable automatic backups on your Macbook or Windows PC

Backing up the data on your computer every so often is recommended. It protects against malware or ransomware wiping out important data on your device. The more often, the better. You can enable automatic backups with Apple Time Machine or Windows Backup and Restore. This allows you to “set it and forget it,” enabling backups […]

Don’t put all of your important data in a single location

It’s a bad idea to keep all of your important photos, videos, documents and apps that you would never want to lose track of on one local system that hasn’t been backed up. Best practice is to maintain multiple copies across different locations, using online backup and/or external hard drive solutions as needed.