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Backup Systems

You probably know already that backing up your computer is important.  Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and found that your hard drive had crashed or that hackers had encrypted all your documents and photos and were holding the decryption key for ransom.  How many of your family photos or important documents would be lost if you had to rely on your last backup?  For many people, they only time they think about this is after it is too late.  


Data loss can happen many ways... hard drive failure, ransomware, accidental deletion, theft, power surges, dropped laptops... you name it and we have probably seen it in the last month or two.  Every week we get calls from folks who are trying to figure out what options they have to get their valuable documents back.  While data recovery may be possible in many cases, often times there is nothing that can be done to bring those files back... unless you have a backup.  


The most common way people backup their files is probably the least reliable way... manually copying files to an external drive.  The problem with this is always the user.  People forget to back their files up and often go months or even years before remembering to do it again. If you are going to manually backup your files, please make sure you setup a weekly reminder on your calendar... We have seen families lose years of family photos and businesses lose thousands of hours worth of work overnight. 


A much better option is to have an automatic backup system that runs every night.  There are quite a few programs out there that can copy your files to an external hard drive when your computer is not being used.  We would be glad to help you set such a system up and show you how to monitor it to make sure your data is safe.  Just remember, even automatic backups need to be checked and an external drive sitting in the same building as your computer is still subject to the laws of physics... if the building burns down or a soda gets spilled on your external drive and computer, you can find yourself in a world of hurt. 


The best option is to have an automatic backup system that backs your data up to an external drive AND to an offsite location. This ensures that even in the event of a fire or flood, your files will be up to date and safely stored. The easiest way to make sure you have an offsite backup is to use a cloud-based backup solution.  Cloud backup systems copy your files to a server on the internet and allow you to download your files anytime.  Our system encrypts your files before transmitting them to make sure that your privacy is protected with military grade 256 bit AES encryption.


For more information about our backup solutions, please give us a call at 877-TECH-209 (877-832-4209).