Secure Computer Backup
You know that Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi? “Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got til it's gone.”
This couldn't be more true than when your computer crashes. It's a terrible feeling when your software or hardware suddenly doesn't work, or you can't find an important file you know you had last month. This experience can be a speed bump on your busy day, or a nightmare that takes you days and weeks, and a lot of money, to recover.
For a business, we recommend the following backup process:
We cannot stress enough how important it is to encrypt your files to protect them from unwanted access. You can certainly purchase encryption software, but you may find that your current operating system, backup utility, or anti-virus software already includes an encryption package. That said, paid software is generally a better option because it reduces the likelihood that someone else has the same encryption key. But some encryption is always better than none!
There are many backup solutions to choose from. Here are some resources to help you understand the purpose of backups, and options to implement a backup plan that works for you.
- Confirm your organization's backup plan. If you don't have one, create a plan.
- Restore your data from your backup as a test to ensure it works.
- Confirm your backup is in a secure location and that it is separate from your computer.
- Encrypt personal information.
- Who has the encryption key?
- Create an inventory of backup devices so you know if a backup device (DVD, portable drive, etc.) goes missing.
- Destroy backup files when you don't need them anymore.
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