Do you think about what would happen if you lost all your files? You must backup your data and often. We’ll explore why and how in this post.
I know and work with some incredibly tech-savvy people who, in the past couple of months, several of them have had incidents where they’ve lost files, websites and months of hard work because they didn’t backup their files on a regular basis themselves. I want to share with you what their experiences have taught me.
First, no matter what your hosting company tells you, make sure you have a plan to backup your data yourself. In all of the aforementioned cases, they were paying their hosting company to handle the backup of their information for them and it simply wasn’t done.
If you are an entrepreneur and the data is your own, your answer to the above questions may be different than a website designer who needs to keep their client’s sites up and running.
There are several services out there that you can use for backup but there are several items to consider when choosing one.
Finally, once you’ve made your plans, document the procedures and keep a backup log. Remember to keep a couple of versions of your backup handy – just in case you inadvertently “save” a virus or malware.
Someone once told me, there are 2 kinds of people out there, people who backup because they’ve lost data or people who backup because they don’t want to be that first kind of person. It happens to all of us at some point.
Be safe – Backup early and often!
If you are already backing up your data – where and how often? What service do you like? Let’s discuss.
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