An auto backup will not only offer you some peace of mind should your hardware fail; it also lets you withstand the implications of malware and other attacks by hackers who intend on depriving you of your precious data. Data really is the “new oil” and everybody, it seems, is vying to get their hands on it.
While not always ethically, there are some who scout for data legally, perhaps to market products and services that might be of interest to you. Others resort to invading networks and systems through back doors and other vulnerabilities—usually for monetary gain. The bottom line is that everyone’s data is vulnerable to some degree, as everyone, at some point or another, has suffered some amount of data loss or corruption. Creating a provision for an auto backup will ensure that you are up and about in no time – should you have the misfortune of losing your data.
An Auto Backup Comes with a Price
In Tech circles, you might hear the word expensive thrown around a lot. For example, you might hear a developer say, “That’s expensive and I don’t know if we should do it that way.” Or, “Do we really need all this data? This is expensive!” Without boring you with too much technical jargon, the term expensive is used to describe computing power or storage.
The reason this is important to understand is because at some point, you’re going to run out of both these resources. Sure, 1TB (terabyte) is a lot of space and may seem as though its endless, but if you cram enough stuff onto your hard disk you will eventually consume it. The same is true for a thumb drive, external hard drive, and even the cloud. That’s right: If you thought the cloud was some invisible network as infinite as the sky is itself, you should know that it’s really just a computer in a remote data center or server room. It may even be locked away in someone’s basement!
When you schedule an auto backup, you’re usually telling an application or operating system to blindly backup EVERYTHING in the system’s non-volatile memory. Depending on how much data that is, it could be really expensive! Not only might you consume all the space on your hard disk, but you may need to purchase additional media for storage. A general rule is to keep, at minimum, three (3) backup copies of your data: Two (2) online and one (1) off. This means that if you follow the rules of the experts, you will have to give some careful thought about the data you want to include in your auto backup.
But unfortunately, most people rarely consider these rules until they are presented with a crisis, or when it’s too late. Don’t let malware or system failure make you a statistic! Whether you’re a system admin for an organization or common desktop, laptop or mobile device user, you’d be doing yourself a huge favor by scheduling your backups the right way. The time and money spent on your auto backup strategy will be well worth it in the long run.