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Data Security Part 1

October 15, 2018

This time, I thought I would touch on data security. You know what it is and why it is important for you and your business. But how do you make sure your data is secure?

There are a number of different aspects of data security. The first and simplest is making sure that you have a solid backup solution in place. How do you currently backup your data? Leaving important files on your computer is risky because computers (as we all know) are fickle things. Harddrives can crash at any time and the newer solid state drives also have a limited lifespan. Keeping a backup on an external harddrive, CD, DVD or USB flash drive is a good start but these can easily become lost or broken. Cloud backups are a great idea. They provide file versioning and you can guarantee that your data will be safe. You can also create a mini cloud of your own with hardware like the WD MyCloud. While these solutions are great, they require that the files you need to keep are in the right place on your computer or they won’t get backed up at all!

So what is the best backup solution? We strongly recommend a combination approach. Starting with a strict file saving and naming convention to ensure all of your files are in the right place. These folders are then backed up via a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox, perhaps even more than one service synced to each other. A physical backup on an external harddrive will then provide a final layer of redundancy.

But data security comprises much more than just backups and we’ll have a chat about the other aspects in the next edition of our newsletter. So stay tuned!

If you need a hand with setting up a solid backup solution, just get in touch!

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