What is a backup? A backup is a copy of everything on your computer in a safe place in case something awful happens to your computer (eg virus, harddrive crash or losing a laptop). Everyone should backup regularly. As good as computers are they do fail, meaning you could lose everything!
There are two main ways that you can back up your documents: locally to a secondary portable hard drive or to the internet based cloud. There are pros and cons to each so let me explain:
Local backup is having a portable hard drive disk (HDD) and manually copying all your data on to it. This is the safest way to store your back ups but it can be an expensive initial purchase (you must ensure you get one big enough to hold your data) and you must also remember to do the backups. If you are regularly creating files and uploading photos to computer we recommend you do at least weekly back ups. You can leave it running over night but you must remember to do it in the first place! For choice of HDDs to buy google Portable Hard Drive. If you need help setting it up just contact us on 01672 520133 or email@example.com
Cloud Backups are internet based, with an application that is downloaded and occasionally has an icon that may sit in the bottom right of your screen giving you information on your backups. It then synchronises with your internet backup account, at a time that you would have scheduled. Once you set it up, it runs automatically in the background and you don’t have to remember to do any backups manually. In the event of computer failure all you need to do is download their application and then login, download all your files!
You will need an internet connection to download them and depending on the speed of the internet and how many files you have, this could take several minutes to several hours, so it’s best to leave the internet connection on.
Please do not rely on cloud file sharing tools (eg Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive) as backups because if you get a virus on your computer, the virus can infect your files in the cloud as well.
You need a proper cloud backup system from companies like Mozy Pro or Crash Plan. Google ‘Cloud Backup’ for all the options.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need some advice on 01672 520133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Machine Computers Ltd
Tel: 01672 520133
Email: alex.wilson@ greenmachinecomputers.com