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How often do you backup your computer system?

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Goingitalone

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Time to be truthful! So, how often do you really backup your computer system? The majority of us know that we should at least backup on a daily basis, depending upon the type of business, but do we really abide by those guidelines?

There is an argument to suggest that inadequate backup procedures could be deemed negligent and potentially leave website owners open to legal action. What you think about that?
 
JBurgessXXX

JBurgessXXX

New Member
Honestly, I didn't think about backing up my computer until I experienced a hard drive crash. I lost all the files I had there (many years of photos and docs and more stuff). Now I do it monthly, but well, sometimes I forget.
 
Needhelp

Needhelp

Active Member
Personally I think you should backup your systems at least once a week or more frequently if you are more active. The cost of potentially losing files and information going back years could be huge.
 
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lookingforadvice

Member
Surely backup services come as part of your hosting package? If not then I think you need to question whether you are with the right hosting company.
 
Business Upside

Business Upside

Member
If a computer is used regularly and documents and data are altered regularly then a backup should be made at least once a week.
 
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Deniel0

New Member
If you can, at least once a week. These backups can either be done manually or automatically. The best way to avoid forgetting to back up your device and files is to do it automatically. By the way, Windows 10 has an automated tool that backs up your device and files that you just need to set up to get it running.
 
Mintlo

Mintlo

New Member
Surely backup services come as part of your hosting package? If not then I think you need to question whether you are with the right hosting company.
Unfortunately hosting companies can suffer hardware failures or disasters that might cause data loss. See... reuters.com/article/us-france-ovh-fire-idUSKBN2B20NU

It is also known for hosting companies to terminate accounts without notice and delete all files/backups should their T&Cs be broken for any infractions. You would be surprised about what could land you in trouble.

The advice is to also hold a copy of your backup elsewhere too, for better resilience.
 
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pearsonandpearson

New Member
Honestly, I didn't think about backing up my computer until I experienced a hard drive crash. I lost all the files I had there (many years of photos and docs and more stuff). Now I do it monthly, but well, sometimes I forget.
sad experience, but it's great that now you are doing it monthly
 
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Brandon Kooper

New Member
I backup my computer system once a week to ensure that I don't lose any important data in case of a system failure or other unforeseen issues.
 
Adam NN

Adam NN

New Member
Not very often, usually only important data, it is copied and updated in several places at the same time so that if something happens to one place, there is always access to another.
 
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clarkanna56

New Member
You're right, honesty time! Here's the lowdown on backups:

  • Ideal Backup Frequency: Daily backups are indeed the gold standard, especially for businesses that constantly generate new data. However, the reality is many settle for less frequent backups, like weekly or even monthly.
  • Consequences of Skipping Backups: This can be disastrous. Data loss due to hardware failure, software errors, cyberattacks, or accidental deletion can be crippling.
  • Legal Liability: The negligence argument regarding backups is an interesting one. While there aren't clear-cut legal precedents everywhere, it's definitely a risk to consider. If a business owner has a duty of care to protect client data and fails to implement reasonable backup procedures, they could potentially be held liable in case of a data breach lawsuit.
Here's why backups are so crucial:

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing you have a recent backup provides immense peace of mind. If disaster strikes, you can recover your data quickly and minimize downtime.
  • Data Security: Backups act as an extra layer of security in case of cyberattacks. Hackers might encrypt your main files, but a separate backup can save the day.
  • Business Continuity: Data loss can cripple a business. Regular backups ensure you can get back up and running swiftly, minimizing financial losses.
In conclusion, daily backups are best practice, but any backup routine is better than none. Explore cloud-based backup solutions for ease of use and offsite storage. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your valuable data!
 
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