We live in a digital world. Imagine…
Unfortunately, a friend of mine is currently in this situation. She has not had access to her computer in a week and she has no idea how long it will take for her to be back to normal again. She is teaching an online course through her phone. I, too, have personally experienced this and trust me, losing some of my prized files made me cry. Sometimes it’s just computer or parts failure, and other times it could be a malicious virus. You cannot completely eliminate these things from happening. The best you can do is to put together a backup plan to minimize the effect on you and your business. Here are some tips: 1. Create a backup strategy There are many backup strategies available. The right one for you will depend on how many files you have, the size of the files (raw photos and video can get quite large), and how critical the files are for you. A simple backup can be copying your files and software onto an external disk, or as complicated as a scheduled online backup to a 3rd party site. Here are some things to consider:
- Do not backup onto the same system or drive. If you lose your system, then you also lose your backup copy
- Have your backup at a physically different site (either another location or cloud). If you lose your office in a fire or to theft, then your data is safe somewhere else
- Create a regular schedule for the backup. If you backup weekly, are you OK if you have to restore and lose up to 1 weeks’ worth of data?