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Use a cloud-based solution for backups

While local backups are generally safe, sometimes, malware or ransomware can spread to the backed up files. Additionally, a USB drive or external hard drive could get lost or destroyed, taking all of your files with it. A cloud-based backup solution is an internet service that stores all of your files online, Total Defense internet […]

Is Your Data Safer in the Cloud or on Your Hard Drive?

Should you store your data on a hard drive or in the cloud?

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rebuild your computer system if everything is backed up, but it’s possible some of the programs you reinstall will be outdated.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 […]

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.