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5 Common Backup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Ensuring your valuable data is always protected from unexpected disasters or cyber threats is crucial. The numbers don’t lie: one in ten computers fall victim to viruses, and a staggering 113 phones are stolen every minute, every day. Don’t risk losing your data; it can be a sudden and potentially irretrievable nightmare. Reliable backups are non-negotiable. Remember, March 31st is celebrated as World Backup Day, and it’s a poignant reminder of the essential task of securing your data. Take action now!

Here are the common backup mistakes that people make and how to avoid them: 

1. Skipping regular backups: The common mistake is forgetting to back up data regularly. Whether personal files or crucial business documents, not establishing a consistent backup routine leaves you vulnerable to data loss. Unexpected system crashes or malware attacks can happen anytime, making your precious data inaccessible or permanently lost. But you can help avoid such a situation by setting up automatic backups.

2. Trusting a single backup device: A device can be damaged or stolen, putting your backups at risk, so depending entirely on one storage medium is playing a dangerous game with your data’s safety. Instead, diversify your backup storage solutions with external HDDs, NAS, and cloud storage. 

3. Forgetting version control: Another blunder is overlooking version control during backups. Not keeping multiple versions of files increases the chance of saving corrupted or incorrect data over previous versions. Fixing mistakes or retrieving older versions can become a challenge without a proper versioning system. To prevent forgetting version control, establish a system that tracks changes to your files over time. This ensures you can always revert to earlier versions, helping protect against accidental data loss or corruption.

4. Ignoring offsite backup solutions: Many people neglect offsite backup solutions, assuming local backups are foolproof. However, relying solely on local backups makes you vulnerable to site-specific disasters like fires or theft. Using offsite backups means keeping copies of your data in different places so that your data stays safe if something goes wrong in one area. As an alternative, you could use cloud storage.

5. Underestimating encryption: Not prioritizing encryption in backups can be a costly mistake. Storing unencrypted backups makes your sensitive data vulnerable to unauthorized access or breaches. Implementing strong encryption ensures even if your backups fall into the wrong hands, the data remains protected. However, it is equally important to remember not to opt for out-of-the-box encryption solutions, as they might make it difficult for you to retrieve the backed-up information later. 

This World Backup Day, Western Digital urges you to back up your data safely and prepare for the unexpected by having a contingency plan for device mishaps like crashes, theft, or damage. A common rule of thumb for keeping essential data from disappearing forever is the 3-2-1 Rule. It dictates that you should have THREE copies of your data, with one as a primary backup and two as copies. Save copies of your backups on TWO different media or devices, and keep ONE backup copy offsite in case of disaster. 

Determine where and how you’ll store backup files and identify support systems to help if things go wrong. By following these tips, you can ensure your data is safe and secure.


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