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Be mindful of the lifespan of hard disk drives

If you use an external HDD for backup, be aware that it won’t last forever. HDD failure rates rise sharply in the fourth year and beyond, so if you’re wary of losing a key backup, make sure to have other drives in the mix and/or use a cloud-based backup solution.

Make backups so that updates are less risky

It’s always advisable to backup your data with a solution like Total Defense Ultimate. An added benefit is that you are at less risk when you update your applications and OSes. If there’s a technical glitch during the upgrade, at least you have a backup to fall back on.

Use cloud backup to secure your data

Make electronic and physical back-ups or copies of all your important files. Data can be lost in many ways including malware, computer malfunctions, theft, viruses, and accidental deletion. Use an online backup tool to keep your important documents safe.

Backup your information before you travel

Back up your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with another device or cloud-base backup service before setting off on a trip.

Follow the 3-2-1 rule for backups

The 3-2-1 rule is a great general framework for backing up your data: Have at least 3 total copies of your data backed up. 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.

Make backups to reduce the threat from ransomware

A 2018 ransomware attack against the City of Atlanta highlighted the risks of this form of malware, which encrypts your data and holds the decryption key hostage until you pay a fee. It’s possible to reduce ransomware’s impact by making regular backups, either locally or in the cloud, so you can fall back on a […]