Dos and Don'ts of Backing Up Your Data

dos and donts backing up data

It has been claimed that ninety percent of all data has been created in just the last few years. Every day, people are liking, swiping, and griping online and that creates an endless stream of information that, if printed out on paper would reach at least to the moon and back. Data is gold!

But, with all this data being created, there is a need to be mindful of how it is protected. The odd like on a Facebook post is unlikely to cause any significant damage to your future, but sensitive knowledge such as bank account details, personal emails, and passwords are where hackers make their money. The question is, is any of our information safe online

DO: Backup Regularly 

This can mean saving to an external hard drive or the cloud, depending on the size of the backup. Carrying out frequent backups will save you a lot of heartache in the future when your device decides it has had enough of operating. 

DON’T: Be Too Trusting 

The whole idea of a cloud service is trusting someone, somewhere to store all of your information and hope it doesn’t get accessed by any outsiders. For sensitive information, this is a risky move. Before deciding to upload your data onto the cloud, consider if there is a better way to store this info, it could mean the difference between joy and heartache. 

DO: Your Research 

It can be all too convenient to look for the cheapest device on the market and hope for the best. But as always, you get what you pay for. Before deciding on what type of storage device to use, look online to find the best industrial grade USB flash drive, and avoid any device corruption or system failure. 

DON’T: Pick An Easy Password 

You are reminded every time you sign up to a new service that your password is somewhere between Very Weak and Very Strong. Choosing a complex, but easy-for-you-to-remember password can be what saves your information from being exposed. The trick is to avoid choosing a password that has any ties to you or your family, and also, not selecting one of the many painfully obvious ones, either 

DO: Be Ruthless 

You might be an information hoarder, and your computer could very easily be full of pictures taken on the first ever camera phones of the mid-2000s, you might still have your full iTunes library that you haven’t listened to in five years. While the memories might be great, ask yourself when was the last time you accessed any of these files. If you can’t remember, it’s time to delete. This will free up more storage for future memories. 

DON’T: Be Frivolous With Your Information 

It shouldn’t need to be said, but one of the main reasons people lose their data is that they become careless. If using a shared computer, use private mode when accessing banking information, try not to save any passwords on your phone, should you happen to lose it. Above all, just be smart with your data, and you won’t have to worry. 


Our information is a valuable commodity. Corporations are selling our data for marketing purposes and the next big hack is always just around the corner. Taking precautions to make sure you aren’t affected is the first step towards better data security.

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I hope you enjoyed this article about best practices for backing up your data and securing your company's valuable information. 

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