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Off site Back-Up?

Off site Back-Up?

Susan Rahman's recent (interesting and scary!) article regarding her computer kidnapping saga has got me thinking . . . . . if this happened to me I'd be in an even worse situation as we don't have off-site back-ups. So, I'm wondering . . . . . what systems do you guys have in place for efficient, safe and convenient off-site back-up. Any and all ideas would be appreciated and welcomed.

Chris.

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By SXGuy
22nd Jan 2019 10:46

Microsoft one drive is linked to Windows 10. That along with box cryptor, encrypts all files and folders and makes all information accessible only with a pin. One drive acts like another hard drive location on your system so you can use it like normal but everything is kept on the cloud and encrypted. So even if your computer broke or got stolen, no one can access the info.

That along with password protecting software should be all you need.

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22nd Jan 2019 13:03

Thanks SXGuy! I had thought of Dropbox but was sort of put off it as it doesn't seem to sync folders the way I'd like. Maybe One Drive works in a similar way . . . . I don't know. I'll have to investigate it. It seems able to manage different operating systems (we have macs AND PCs) so that would be a point in it's favour. Yes . . . . more research required!

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22nd Jan 2019 13:11

I have two offsite backups. The whole system which is backed up weekly and held offsite on an encrypted physical drive. And documents/data which are automatically backed up immediately to an encryted cloud location.

I have a 3rd semi offsite backup which is a very small (20mm x 12mm) encrypted 64Gb USB stick on my keyring which has all live client and business data and emails backed up daily. I can get away with this being just a one man band.

Do I think i have all bases covered? Nope!

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to paulwakefield1
22nd Jan 2019 13:15

If it were me, I'd ditch the thumb drive and offsite physical hard drive backups, hard drives and thumb drives can and do fail.

By using hosted cloud space your basically insured against loss as they will routinely backup their own servers to prevent data loss in the event of something happening.

Risk of losing data greatly reduced imo.

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to SXGuy
22nd Jan 2019 14:56

Anything can fail. Which is why I have 2 physical solutions and a cloud solution (and a NAS drive as well but, since that is onsite, I didn't bother mentioning it before). Internet can go down and invariably at the wrong moment, cloud provider can go bust, hacking, etc. Any physical drive can fail. Reliance on one method is to my mind very risky.

I would certainly never ditch the thumb drive. It has bailed me out of more than one situation. Notably when my laptop went kerfutt at a client who had no internet access. Borrowed a computer, fired up the thumbdrive and was able to carry on working for the day (whilst harbouring dark, even if unfair, thoughts about my laptop's manufacturer).

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22nd Jan 2019 13:34

There are tons of incremental cloud backup services.

Our runs every 7pm, so I can only ever lose one day's data.

It is also helpful if someone oversaves a prior year document or similar, as you can go and get it back!

Ours is called SOS online, but tons of similiar ones out there.

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22nd Jan 2019 23:51

Dropbox, One Drive are not backup solutions. They are file sync solutions. For true backup you should employ grandfather, father, son scheme. Yes you can host your data but have another backup in place. Also you need to consider what data is in the backup, how and who is going to restore it and how long will it take. All these things have associated costs and should be planned in.

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24th Jan 2019 09:46

We have used Safe Data Storage for years. Every morning I get an email to confirm the backup has been successfully updated overnight. Priceless peace of mind.

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24th Jan 2019 10:58

Hi Hanleymail . . . . regarding Safe Data Storage . . . . . could you give us an idea of the costs? Also - how long, do you reckon, a normal, daily incremental backup would take.
Thanks.
Chris.

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to lh3f9764bg1g
25th Jan 2019 11:48

The time to complete a full backup is dependent on the volume of the data, the transfer speed and the technology employeed.

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