I have written numerous times about how to make backups easily. Yet I still receive e-mails from newsletter readers that say, "I recently lost all the data on my computer and…" Such a data loss certainly is inconvenient, but it shouldn't be a disaster. Sooner or later, you will suffer a significant data loss. If you take steps now to make automated backups, you will be able to retrieve all your data. There is no need to lose your genealogy database, family photos, checkbook, or other important files.
This week I discovered still another backup service that (1.) stores your data either at your location or off-site or both, (2.) is either free or very cheap, depending upon which options you choose, and (3.) works on both Windows and Macintosh systems. In fact, I am now using this company's software to back up data on my PowerMac laptop. Even better, the company promises to add Linux systems "real soon now."
Almost all security experts will tell you that you should always have two backup copies. One should be kept near your computer as a matter of convenience. The second copy should always be stored "off-site." That is, it should be stored in another location in case of a major disaster in your home. Floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters will destroy backup copies just as easily as they destroy computers. Storing your only backup at home is high risk. Always make sure that you have a second backup at the office, at a relative's home, in a safe deposit box, or (even better) in a data center located many miles away.
The service I discovered this week allows you to simultaneously back up your data in two, three, or even more locations.
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