What’s Your Plan B for When Disaster Data Loss Strikes?
Backups have been a hot topic lately in the blog-o-sphere and online with hackers attacking, sites like YouTube pulling content without warning, and other data loss disasters.
So what’s the best way to protect yourself? You need a backup plan.
A good backup plan is well thought out, layered (not dependent on just one source for any important data), and automatic.
Think it Out
What’s most important to you? What data would be the most difficult to recreate or work without in your business? What family memories can’t be replaced (photos, videos)?
Those are the things you’ve got to include in your data backup plans.
Layers of Protection
Don’t rely on one source to keep your data.
If all your videos are on YouTube, be sure they’re backed up to your computer, too. That’s two layers.
If you’re using GMail, it’s not wise to rely solely on GMail to save your email data. You want to be saving it to your computer, or another location, too. And in the rare case that both GMail and your computer might fail, is it saved in a third location like a backup drive?
The more layered your plan is, the less chance that you might lose data.
If you’re anything like me, it’s not a great idea to buy an external backup drive thinking you’ll find time every night to back up your computer. So look for automatic options any time it’s possible.
My backups have got to be automatic or they’re not likely to happen nearly as often as they should to be valuable.
Some Backup Options to Consider
For your computers: I use Mozy on my computers. It’s worked wonderfully (and yes, I’ve actually had to use it when I had three computer crashes within 6 weeks or so). Carbonite is another popular online backup option. Both are completely automatic.
For your website/blog: I use the cPanel backup option because it saves *everything* (email, website, stats). But I do not just let my server make and save the backups. I login and download recent backups to my computer every couple of days. It’s worth it. If I were to be hacked, I could send that backup to my host and be restored in a matter of minutes. You can also use one of the many backup plugins for WordPress.
For your email: Find out what’s available from your email host. I use GMail and Backupify.
For YouTube: Be sure to always save a copy of your videos to your computer and don’t rely on YouTube to keep them for you. You can also use a service like Amazon S3 instead of YouTube for streaming your videos, and then you’re less likely to need to worry about them disappearing.
For social networking sites: I use Backupify to grab copies of my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
What backup tools have you found work well for you?
If you don’t have a backup plan in place yet, stop and set it up today. Hopefully you’ll never need it, but just in case, it’s worth it to know your data is protected.
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