Backup! Backup! Backup!

 

My computer crashed last week.  Without going into too much detail, I was disconnected from the digital world except for my cell phone until my new computer arrived.  I was never worried about the data on the computer because I backup all of my data automatically and continuously.

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There are many ways to backup your data.  I am not going to go into all of them.  I am just going to let you in on the simplest way to backup your data and the way I prefer to do it.

I use CrashPlan.  This is the best way to backup because it is off-site and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  It doesn’t matter if your computer is stolen, if it catches on fire, or if your computer just decides that it doesn’t want to work anymore.  You just download your data that was backed up and your off to the races once again.

CrashPlan is free if you backup your data to a friend’s computer and your data is all encrypted so no one can see your files.  Alternatively, you can backup to CrashPlan’s servers for a fee.  Plans start at $2/month and go up depending on how much data you have to backup and how many computers you want on your plan.

There are many ways to backup your data.  It doesn’t matter how you do it, be sure to backup your data NOW!