November 27, 2015

2008 Data Security Buyer's Guide: Protect Yourself by Backing Up Your Data

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2008 Data Security Buyer's Guide: Protect Yourself by Backing Up Your Data

Regularly backing up your files can make your business more secure.

In this Guide

One of the most reliable forms of protection against loss or corrupted data, stolen or damaged hardware: A timely back-up of your files.

You’ve always been told to back-up your work — but how good are you about actually doing it regularly?

Well, now you don’t have to. While in the past, this once required you taking the initiative, today’s back-up solutions automate that process, operating in the background while you work, and copying data at predetermined intervals set by you.

Here are some data back-up options:

External hard drives: Most external drives now come bundled with back-up software that can be set to automatically copy your files. Choices are as vast and varied as the range of drives, from USB flash drives to multi-gig portable drives to desktop peripherals with as much as a terabyte of storage space.

Operating systems: The latest versions of the computer operating systems include features to make backing up files as painless as possible. Vista’s Windows Back-up and Restore gives users of most versions of Vista the tools for automated or scheduled back-ups to a disk or location selected by the user. Time Machine, a feature of Apple’s OS X Leopard edition, maintains an incremental copy of all files and changes made to them, as you work.

Web based back-up services: These solutions for remote back-up of computer data online are becoming increasingly popular, even bundled with new hardware. Dell’s DataSafe Online BackUp solution lets you select which files you want backed-up, and then schedule how often the file copies are updated. HP’s Upline service offers individual and business plans to copy or retrieve files wherever they connect a computer to the Web.

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