Not all data backups are created equal

I see a lot of computers, servers and networks–both personally and professionally.  And there are a few things we’ve got to talk about and data backup is one of them.  Important questions to ask about your data backup system:

#1 – What does it backup and how does it do it?  Does it backup files, folders, databases or my Windows software?

#2 – How easy is it to restore data from the backup?  Can I restore a file, folder or the entire system?  How long does it take to restore?

#3 – Is my backup data secure from ransomware or malicious software that can seek and destroy my backup data?

#4 – Is my sensitive data encrypted or protected from unauthorized access if lost or stolen?  (think external hard drives or USB devices)

#5 – Does my backup system have history to enable me to restore files from different points in time?

#6 – Does my backup store data securely offsite in a cloud in case of a disaster or other loss?

Another topic I want to write on soon is how to backup your social media accounts or mobile devices.  Many of us use our phones exclusively (instead of a PC or Mac) and we’re storing more personal content than ever.  How can we protect and preserve our valuable memories?

Let’s start a discussion:  what kind of data backup system do you have?  Leave a comment below.  And follow the blog via email (top right) so we can stay in touch on this topic.


One thought on “Not all data backups are created equal

  1. Does anyone use cloud backup software like Backblaze, Carbonite, IDrive? Any one relying on Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or other file sync tools to put data in the cloud?


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