The 3-2-1 back up strategy is good if you don’t have a strategy:
The 3-2-1 backup strategy simply states that you should have 3 copies of your data (your production data and 2 backup copies) on two different media (USBs are cheap) with one copy off-site. Don’t consider your One Drive as a back up service. Purchased several USB/Flash Drives. They’re cheap and hold a lot of data. Buy several and rotate them.
Keep your back ups safe. Label them. And most of all, TEST THEM.
There are whole disk back ups and there are back ups where you just back up selected files. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
Consider encrypting them – not as important if they are secure in your home. I will cover encryption soon.
About six months ago, my computer didn’t like the Windows update (Patch Tuesday). I opened my on line back up service. Wow and behold, the document I needed wasn’t tagged for back up. I had to resort to a slightly dated backup on one of my flash drives. I now verify my on line service time to time to ensure applicable folders are tagged.
REMEMBER, you computer must be powered on if you subscribe to an on line back up. If you back up is supposed to occur at midnight….. make sure it’s on to perform the back up. If you subscribe to a VPN, make sure they allow the data backup to occur. Mine VPN needed to be modified a bit.
And again, verify you back ups. Take the time to validate from time to time.
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