Sooner or later an unexpected event such as a hardware failure, a lost or stolen device, or a malware or virus infection could result in losing important data. When this happens, backups are often the only way to recover this information.
Here are some tips to help you ensure your data is protected:
- Store your data in the right place: Do not store your data on your desktop or on your laptop! Use University-provided solutions such as the shared drive, DocuShare, your personal home drive, etc. These systems are secured and backed up daily! Remember that your laptop or desktop are not individually backed up so use these other systems to store your information.
- On the go? Backup regularly: If you’re on the go and often work on files on your laptop, make sure to copy them to one of these solutions to ensure your files are backed up.
- Validate: Regardless of what solution you choose to back up your data, check regularly your backups are working.
What about your personal data? For your mobile phone, make sure to use a vendor-provided solution such as iCloud Backup or Google Drive. For your personal computer, use a cloud-based backup solution such as Backblaze or Mozy.