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Is your data safe?

harddriveWhy all the fuss about backup?

Chances are you have a lot of important stuff on your computer like financial documents, email, digital photos, music and more. Unfortunately, computers are vulnerable to hard drive crashes, virus attacks, theft and natural disasters, which can erase everything in an instant.
Current statistics show that one in every ten hard drives fail each year. The cost of recovering a failed hard drive can exceed $7,500, and success is never guaranteed.

You should have a two-step approach for backing up your data.

First, you should have what is called a 'local copy' of your data.  This is accomplished by copying your data to a backup medium like another hard drive, thumb drive(s), CD(s), or DVD(s).

Second, you should have what is called an 'off-site backup' of your data.  This is a copy of your data that is not located in the same building as the computer you are backing up.  For example, a backup of your computer does you no good if that backup is stolen or burns up in a fire along with the computer.

How should I go about backing data up?

For your onsite backup we recommend using an external hard drive with a backup program that will automatically run the back up for you at a specific time you set.  This way you don't have to remember to back up your data.

For the off-site back up there are two ways two accomplish it.  The first method is to use a second set of one of the backup mediums mentioned before.   With that second set you make a backup once a month and then hand that preferred medium off to a trusted source like a friend or family member.  That second backup set then becomes the off-site backup. 

The second method is to use an on-line backup company to back your data up over the Internet.  We recommend the second method over the first for many reasons.   The first method relies on you to get the data backed up and off site. To put it simply, in most cases it is not a very reliable method.  Using an on-line backup company your data is backed up automatically and is instantly off-site.

Are online off-site backups safe?

mozy-logo-200x200It really depends on whom you choose to do your offsite backup.  We recommend Mozy.  Some of the security and features they have in place are:
  • Open/locked file support: Mozy will back up your documents whether they're open or closed.
  • 128-bit SSL encryption: The same technology used by banks secures your data during the backup process.
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption: Secures your files while in storage, providing peace of mind that your private data is safe from hackers.
  • Automatic: Schedule the times to back up and Mozy does the rest.
  • New and changed file detection: Mozy finds and saves the smallest changes.
  • Backs up Outlook files: Disaster-proof email protection.
  • Block-level incremental backup: After the initial backup, Mozy only backs up files that have been added or changed, making subsequent backups lightning fast.
You can find more about Mozy at http://www.mozy.com/

It sounds like I need to do this but it sounds hard to set up.   What if I don't do it right?

We are here to help.  We can help you figure out what hard drive you need to buy for making backups.  Then we can help configure the backups so you don't have to worry if you did it right or not.  We can also help you set up your online backups if you are not comfortable doing that either.   Just give us a ring.   970-879-0734
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