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Any kind of a backup is a good idea and can save the files that you care about after a crash or a hack.
In view of the Matt Honin experience, is a continuously connected and open backup like Seagate FreeAgent Desk with the MEMEO program a good idea?
In this excerpt from Answercast #46, I look at the benefits of a continuous backup program and how that would have saved Matt Honan's data after a remote-wipe.
I have a hard time saying that any kind of a backup is a bad idea!
I'm not actually familiar with the MEMEO program, so I can't speak to it specifically, but I'm going to say that, "Yes, it's a good idea."
It's a backup!
It's a good idea!
I'm not sure exactly what about the Matt Honin situation would reflect negatively on this kind of a backup, or for that matter, on any kind of a backup. The fact is Mr. Honin lost most of his data specifically because he did not have a backup of any sort.
A continuously operating backup, theoretically, would allow you to revert files that have been deleted (say by a remote wipe kind-of a program such as affected him). It would allow you to revert those to the state that they were in:
Or the day before,
That really depends on the specific configuration of the backup program. But I know that any backup program you have is going to be backing up files that you care about to your backup media.
Even if those files then get deleted by "whatever means,"
The whole idea of the backup is that you should be able to get them back.
So, the short answer is no. I see no problem at all with having a continuously operating backup.
I definitely prefer that you have some kind of a backup regularly operating
daily ideally or continuously, if that's the way it works well for you. I'd
much rather have you have that then no backup at all.
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