Back It Up

By

Scott Sekinger

8/30/12


Backing up your files is very important, because you never know what might happen. Disaster can happen any time without warning. Disaster can range from any for of bad weather, theft , accidental deletion or hardware failure. Most people would say that it is either a pain to backup, or I will do it later. Trust me when disaster happens you will kick yourself for not doing it.

In this article I will go over the different type of backup, and what is available to help you protect your valuable files. The different types of backup include on site, and off site backups.


On Site Backup


On site backup consist of having more then one copy of your files. These files consist of your work files, pictures, videos, music, etc.

You should have a least 2 backups of your files because you never know when the backup media you choose can go go bad. I suggest that you use external hard drives, because they are cheap, and you get the most bang for your buck. Other forms media can include USB thumb drives, CDs or DVDs. Some people use a Drobo or a NAS to backup there files.

There are many great software programs available to help you backup your important files. There are both free and paid. programs to backup your files. Some of these are Allsync, Allway Sync, Cobian Backup, Fbackup, FreeFileSync, Sugar Sync, and SyncBack Freeware

Windows, Mac OSX and Linux have there own program to back up your files Windows has “Backup and Restore”, OS X has “Time Machine”, and Linux has a great downloaded package called “Simple Backup Suite” You can get Simple Backup Suite at https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/keeping-safe/C/backup-files.html


Off Site Backup


Off site backup is a backup of your files that is not in the location you work on, or use them. You can take a copy to files, a friend's, a family member's house, etc. You can also use an online service to backup your files.

There are many services that allow you to back up your files online. Some services offer free storage and more if you pay for it. Some of these are are Dropbox, Sugar Sync, Google Drive, ICloud, SkyDrive. CrashPlan+, and Carbonite. These services work by installing software on your PC to sync the files on yourPC with the cloud. Click on the links above to decide which one is best for you. You can also use email to backup the occasional file or two.


Security


Now you might be think what about security. Well they all say that they are secure. You can use a program like Truecryprt. if you feel like you want to be more secure

After reading this article you should have no excuses not to back up your precious files.