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How often do you back up your actual pc and what do you use?

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  1. Delboy2424

    Delboy2424 Regular Member

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    Having learnt the hard way a few years ago of the importance of site backups (wp site got hacked), I now back up all online stuff on a regular basis to an external HD now without thought, what however has occurred to me is that I probably don't take the same frequency with my actual laptop/pc.

    I currently use a secondary removable HD which came bundled with my pc (HP Easyback) but as time goes on, the long term reliability issue crops up.

    Just interested in how often other BHW members back up their physical pc or laptop and what software you recommend?
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I backup my sites as well as my clients' sites once every month or so or after any major changes. As for my computers, I backup important files whenever I receive them.

    I don't use any software, I just keep everything organised and then drag and drop the folders on the backup device.
     
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  3. MuayThai

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    My sites - weekly.
    My personal PC - never, for last two decades.
     
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    1. Get Dropbox
    2. Save important files directly to Dropbox folder
    3. Done
     
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    uncutu Supreme Member

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    I save everything onto mega. 50gb free storage. if my hard drive ever dies, all my work data is on the mega cloud.
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    http://mega.nz
    there are better ways but this is free and suits my current needs.
     
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    Everything on my PC is on the cloud - I use Dropbox and some other stuff to store all files online.

    I don't keep anything on desktop or in docs. So all the time I know 100% that all my files are online and backed up.

    I keep recovery procedure details for my laptop so I have a step by step guide for reloading it if ever needed. If my PC crashes tomorrow I can reload without even thinking whether I need to back something up.

    I also back up Dropbox and my other cloud services periodically - because even though they have a restore feature you cannot restore from previous revision en-mass, so if you got cryptolocker for example it could encrypt all files and they would sync with Dropbox then you'd have to revert file by file.

    For my sites I normally use whm -> ftp automated daily backup, or backup service from hosting provider. AND I do regular manual backups of each host as well.

    My rule is always to have two separate copies of all important data in separate locations.

    Because I know first hand what it's like to lose data. And, unfortunately, what it's like to lose a clients data (it's a lot worse :-/).
     
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    Ps - to OP , if you need a cloud backup solution pm me and I will create an account for you (no cost involved). It can be run alongside your current method of backup, then you have a failsafe.
     
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    I use onedrive for backup I have paid version of office and with that I get 1 tb cloud storage and I also have a external harddrive that I backup to
     
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    I back everything up in hardware-encrypted external SSD hard drives. They have never failed me so far. I keep some things on the cloud as well (Mediafire & Dropbox), but not sensitive information as I am too paranoid for that!
     
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  10. Delboy2424

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    Great advice all. Thx for so many options.

    Davids pm sent.

    For those who also back up locally and not cloud based, what's the best secure option and do you save files independently or image back up, if image is the way is acronis still the software to use....?

    I also see a lot of suggestions for Dropbox is that a paid version or the free one you use?
     
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    - What windows recovery point no good? (savagely satirical laughter)
    Curtains.
     
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    The most secure option is hardware-encrypted external drives that you keep in a safe place disconnected from the internet. Hardware encryption means there is no software involved, so hackers cannot get in your drive by using some vulnerability in the encryption software. I am not saying they are fool proof (nothing electronic ever is), but you would need to be targeted by some really good hackers out there that would put the effort of decrypting your drive without destroying the data. If you achieve that level, backing up your data will be the least of your concerns lol. So, that's as far as security goes... Regarding file types, I personally use zip files and "camouflage" the files, so they look like random images for example to an outsider.
     
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    I back up everything on pc every month for safety purpose.
     
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    I don't, have my files on dropbox, and some of them on onedrive... Always waiting for me after reinstall, eh.
    I think everyone should have a dropbox, and no worries.
     
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    I barely backup my pc, I do it with some files but even for those not enough. With my sites I actually backup after every 10 posts now(so multiple times a day ), seems excessive but I've had to redo around 150 posts once since I didn't backup enough.
     
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    I back up some folders of my PC once every 6 months or so. I had a really bad experience once when both the PC and external hardrive broke in the same week
     
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    why would you need to back up if you can just do everything on the cloud?
     
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    Because sometimes you may not have an Internet connection or the Internet connection is not fast enough to recover the data in time, also the cloud service may have problems at their data center. Having both onsite and offsite backups is the best.
     
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    dropbox and also if you want to leverage external HD, try syncback pro. I have tried majority of back up programs, and this one by far is the best one. It does incremental syncs at a very fast speed.
     
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    Because I don't feel comfortable sharing sensitive information (for example my clients' info, my websites' login/pass, my web 2.0 credentials, FB/IG account credentials and a lot of other stuff) in the cloud. This information is the lifeblood of your business, if it gets in the wrong hands, you are fucked. And cloud services get hacked more often than you think.