We’ve been nagging our customers about backupfor some time now, a topic that, while sometimes boring, remains at the forefront of our thoughts and should be for all computer system users as well. Emblematic are the data associated with this issue (specifying that backup is a procedure of some relevance to all users of data storage devices, i.e. not only PCs but also tablets and smartphones): on average, 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute in the world; 10% of PCs are affected by at least one virus every month, and 29% of data loss problems are the result of serious human errors. The problem in question takes on a very negative tone when you consider that 90% of computer system users don’t know how to manage backup and even 30% of them have never done it.
The evolution of computer devices is helping us: until now, Windows users have always been penalized compared to Mac users because they were forced to use an external ad hoc software to make backups. The advent of Windows10 has eliminated this problem by providing an efficient integrated backup management program (similar to Time Machine, the corresponding program for Apple devices).
Whether or not you have the latest version of Windows or are an Apple user, we recommend reading the following tips.
- One copy is not enough: Don’t think that having only one copy of your data will be enough to keep you safe. It happens very often that external media get damaged or files get corrupted, making it ineffective if you need to restore them.
- Always test your backups: are you sure that you can restore your backup if you need to? Remember to test once you have created your file… waiting for an accident to happen is not recommended.
- Use the right software: don’t go searching on the web for the first free program recommended by softonic, it could turn out to be a hoax and you’ll end up “cuckolded”!
- The modularity of the backup is important: it often happens that you have to recover a single file and not an entire system, so it is always good to have a way to do it without great loss of time.
- The importance of the report: it is always good to configure an smtp server in order to receive error and backup notifications.
- The cloud exists: we all know it by now and we should also know it… why not take advantage of it to have a copy of our files available wherever we are and from any device?
- Beware of cryptolocker: ransomware also reaches backup devices so it is strongly recommended not to use network paths by mounting them as drives.