You know, I have been in the computer industry now for over 35 years and to be honest with you, I have lost gigabytes of data over my career. That is, until about 8 years ago. What changed? I woke up and put together a good backup policy for all of my data.
Considering all of the data we are producing and consuming, as well as the price drops in both memory and disk storage, and the human behavior of not wanting to throw anything away, a solid backup policy is needed for each of us to protect our valuable assets.
Here is some of the stuff that I have which needs to be backed up on a daily basis. I'm sure you will be able to sympathize with some of it:
- Pictures. I own about 6 digital cameras, each with different capabilities and for different purposes (while flying, while scuba diving, while walking around, as well as some high-end devices to express my creativity and love of photography).
- Documents. Everything I receive on paper is scanned into my computer. Everything that is of importance to me which I receive as email I print to an on-line document for archival purposes. This process has saved me multiple times when the IRS or a creditor asks for proof of payment, for example.
- Financial data. Like iBank or Quicken, all of my investments and financial institutions are tracked using one of these programs. These files are imperative to back up.
- Remote Devices. I/We own two iPhones, four iPads, three laptops and two iPods. There is different information on each, and the process of synchronizing all of them (that is a different story all together) aside, backing them up is of major concern.
- Audio Files. I rip all of my CD's to my computer as well as purchase music on Apple's iTunes. This is valuable media to me and something which I would rather not have to re-purchase.
- Email. I don't trust any kind of computer to keep my email safe, especially, network or cloud mail servers. So a couple times each month, I download all of my email to my local computer and then take it off of the server where it resided. This allows me to be off-line and still access my emails. But now, they must be backed up!
Well, with all of that said, what do you need to create a truly safe backup policy?