Are You Backing Up the Right Way?

backing up the right wayWorld Backup Day is the 31st of March and is a great time to put a backup plan in place for your computer(s). Because backing up is stuck at the bottom of a to-do list, homes and businesses are losing large amounts of their data daily. Even if you only do this one time a year when the calendar tells you to, this is a reminder, it’s time to take action on that to-do list and make those backups happen! But how do you do this? What’s the most effective, and easiest way is for your home or business to backup?

You have most likely heard of file backup by a few names like: Cloud Sync, Cloud Backup or Cloud Storage. They are meaningless enough to be anything and all similar enough to be confusing to most people. So, here is the one you need today and what they mean.

Cloud Sync

iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. are services that sync up with one folder on your computer and mirror it. When a file changes in one folder, the cloud sync service rushes to change in on the computer too. That way they are always the same. Cloud sync services are great for those squeezing in a couple of quick tasks while riding the bus to work, or hugely flexible enough for remote employees. They require no training, free tiers are enough for most people, and they are ridiculously easy to use. Now, this all sounds absolutely amazing, correct? Except…when something goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way. If you accidentally delete a file it will disappear from the cloud sync drive – almost instantaneously. When you overwrite a file it does the same thing, and edits are there to stay if an employee or family member edits the wrong file. Even if disaster strikes and that local copy becomes corrupted, or worse, ransomed, well you guessed it, the corruption is uploaded  too. Some cloud sync services offer a 30 day backup option, but you might not notice the file is missing within this time.

Cloud sync services are fantastic for accessing files on the go and productivity, but they just cannot be relied on as a backup technology.

Cloud Storage

Microsoft Azure, Amazon S3, etc… are gigantic facilities full of storage drives that work just like that local hard drive on your computer, except you can access them securely over the Internet. In reality, when you use a cloud sync application, like Dropbox, they are really just sending your data to one of these Cloud Storage locations. Sync services have a continuous back and forth connection between the storage center and the folder on the computer, and as explained previously, are not a good backup. You have another option. You can access cloud storage on a per/GB basis and upload that entire backup as you desire. It will be safe from disaster, but will not update changes on your local network. To retrieve a file, you just need to login and download it.

Your backed up data is protected against disaster, always available, and secure. But, it relies on human action to take care of the backup plan and manually upload the backup, this is a high-risk way to do things. Unless you, or someone else, is scouring your network each day/week/month for changes to your files and then uploading them with feverish dedication, the chances are that this plan will not work. I recommend an outsourced or automated solution so you can get on with your life AND be protected.

Cloud Backup

Backblaze backup, Crashplan, Carbonite, etc…might not be names you have heard before, but they do work in the background to watch for changes to your files on the computer or network and they make sure you are backed up. You can roll back whole drives or individual files, and even select from the earlier backups and not just one backup. Like the sync services, these solutions use cloud storage facilities with extra-high redundancy and security so that the data is always available when it is needed. What  is even better is neither you nor another person needs to fret about when the backup was last done.

The One You Need

First, we need to take a moment to talk planning. I recommend  you start with a 3-2-1 strategy. This means you should have 3 copies total. 2 of them should be local, like one on your computer and one on an external hard drive. 1 should be offsite in the cloud. Using this strategy is an investment in your up-time and keeps you operating when data disasters occur. Would you like to get setup with the 3-2-1 strategy method? Do you need help selecting the right cloud service for your needs?. If you are looking for more cost-effective, scalable solution that will give you the best peace of mind, ask about my managed backup service.

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Maintain Your Computer Without Lifting a Finger

maintain your computerComputers, for an asset that is supposed to make life easier, involve a lot of work! Most people just push ahead because there is so much to keep track of and they forget about the routine maintenance. That is until something breaks. Well, of course the damage is already done and everything you do at that point is just reactive. It’s far too late when your photos and information is lost forever in a computer crash. It is a bit like closing the barn door after the horse is already out of the barn. This is where being proactive will have you coming out on top and ahead of the game. Tens of thousands of homes around the globe are using managed services to put computer challenges behind them in a concrete fashion. Managed services is a done-for-you maintenance program or plan, and here is why it is the absolute best choice for you to maintain your computer:

You are always up to date.

windows updatesThere seems to be a new and urgent update waiting to be installed almost everyday. No matter if they are adding new features or patching security flaws, the updates seem endless. Often times, it is not just a pain and inconvenient, it is overwhelming! Updates always seem to install at the worst possible moments, even if they are installing automatically, this can leave you waiting up to 30 minutes, if not more, when all you want to do is quickly check your email. When you use a managed service, it can ensure that your computer has finished updates and is ready for you to sit down and start using it. After all, updates should make your experience more joyful and secure!

You have got a super anti-virus.

anti virusThe best anti-virus is one that is updated and running, yet, you would be astonished at how many people never let it run or even switch it off. Now, you may be browsing safely and in the habit of scanning files, others that live in your home, like children, may not have the same priorities. When you have managed services it ensures your anti-virus is always dealing with viruses it finds and running smoothly. In fact, once a new virus is known, it will make sure your computer is protected against that nasty little booger.

Your hardware stays healthy.

hardwareWhy be reactive and suddenly stuck without a computer when your hardware fails? Why try to maintain your computer yourself, especially if you don’t have the knowledge or the time? If you have managed services, often times the problem is fixed before you even know there is a problem. The health of your hardware, eg, your hard drive, is being monitored by the special software and looking for early signs of failure. If something is detected, the managed service provider will let you know in advance. This means you can get the issue repaired at your convenience, ensuring no other hardware is damaged or files lost.

You never miss a backup.

backupThe absolute worst part of a crash or a hack isn’t just the cost of repair and replacement, it is losing your files and, in some cases, memories forever. If you are like many others, your entire collection of photos are stored on the computer, along with important family files. Most of these files can never be replaced or recreated. Whether it is a novel you have been working on for longer than you would like to admit, a report for school, or a recipe handed down for generations, managed services can ensure you are backed up correctly. Your backed up files are ready to go when you are, and losing files to failure, theft or corruption is a part of the past.

Support is a phone call, email or text message away.

PhoneDo you have a weird error popping up? Is that new printer not playing nice? The new computer not connecting to wifi? Managed services can help save you lots of cash, in our case, up to 50%, off service fees for whatever tech issue has been a pain in your backside and wasting your time. Honest and no nonsense advice is just a phone call, text message or email away. Most cases the provider can even remotely connect to diagnose and fix problems. What does this mean to you? You can likely skip untangling cables and carrying your computer to the provider and still get that pressing system issue fixed.

You are always optimized.

optimized computerIt does not matter if your computer is actively being foolish, the monitoring service can keep in touch with your services, processes and event logs to look out for anything that needs fixed. This means the provider will be effectively putting a stop to problems before they become a problem for you. When you sit down at your computer it will be doing exactly what you want it to do.

Put those annoying, time consuming and expensive computer problems behind you – get our managed services today – maintain your computer without lifting a finger.

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