Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
[This podcast was originally published June 9, 2005. -Leo]
This is Leo Notenboom with news, commentary and answers to some of the many questions I get at askleo.info.
In a recent podcast entitled "Are you ready for your computer to be stolen" I discussed the needs for not only backing up, but encrypting your sensitive data. Losing it is one thing, but having sensitive personal data in the hands of thief is just as scary if not more so.
So by now you're all backing up regularly and keeping those backups in a safe place, right?
A safe place ... in your house? In the same structure as your computer?
So what happens to all those backups and those computers should your house burn to the ground? Or a flood damage everything? Or a mudslide bury it in goo?
Backing up isn't enough. You need to store copies of your backups off-site. Somewhere physically different than your business or computer's location. That way if the worst happens you still have your data safely backed up.
It doesn't have to be hard. Every so often, burn an extra backup CD and give it to a friend or family member.
My wife operates a retail business where I also maintain the computer equipment. So some time back I purchased two identical 250 gigabyte Maxtor external USB/firewire drives. The computers here at Ask Leo central (my home), and at my wife's business each have one. Each night data is backed up to those drives. Then every so often I swap the drives. That way not only is my home data backed up off-site at the store, but the store's data is also backed up off-site here at home.
Whatever your solution, I strongly recommend considering your disaster plan. Especially if your business depends on it.
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