Backups: tips from the team

Our article focuses on some important ideas for how to implement your own backup strategy or refine your existing processes to protect your data. When faced with technical failure or an attack, be it against your business or personal network, having a set of data you can access to recover any lost data is the most valuable asset you have.

WorldBackupDay, which takes place annually on March 31st, encourages everyone to perform a full backup of their device(s). There has been a huge increase in the number people who perform backups to keep their data safe, but there is still some room for improvement.

Backups: Questions to ask yourself

Below are some useful questions to get you thinking about your approach.

  1. Are you performing backups on your device(s)? How often do you do this?

Ideally, perform smaller backups daily of your important files, and conduct a full backup each week. This way, you’ll only ever lose a week worth of data.

  1. Do you test this to make sure you can access your data? If so, how often do you do this?

You should aim to test your backup every 3-6 months, just to be certain that you can retrieve your data if anything happens.

If you are struggling to get started with backing up your data, don’t fret, there are plenty of solutions that make this process pain-free.

Backup Solutions

Below are some options you can take for both Apple and Windows:

For Apple:

  • Time Machine – using an External Hard Drive
  • iCloud – Store your data in the cloud

For Windows:

  • Windows Backup – Locate this in Update & Security > Backup > Add a drive
  • A solution such as Acronis allows you to perform and manage backups throughout your business
  • Have a Managed Service Provider (MSP) handle this for you

Your backup approach doesn’t need to be complex, especially if you are just getting started. Focus on critical data first, then roll this out into a schedule. The main aim of your backup solution is to ensure that you can be “up and running” again with as little downtime as possible. Your solution or process should be the catalyst to make this happen!