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March 29, 2014

World Backup Day: Don’t be an April Fool

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“So, how do I backup?” the website asks. Most people have never been taught or taken the time to learn how to copy their files to a backup device. “Most people backup their files in one of two ways,” the site explains, “to an external drive, or somewhere on the Internet. It’s really easy, and you only need to set it up once!” Easy-to-follow instructions are then provided for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Apple Mac users to backup their files to external hard drives (drives that are not located “internally” inside your computer) and USB flash drives.

Instructions are also provided for backing up your files to an online “cloud” backup service. This is very good advice. The best backup strategies place copies of your important files in three different places. First, your files are on your original device, such as your computer or smartphone. Second, copies are located on a readily-accessible external device like a USB hard drive or flash drive. Third, your files are copied to an online file storage/backup service. Limited numbers of files can be stored on services like OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. My advice for storing large numbers of files online is to use a paid service like Carbonite; at $5 per month for unlimited storage, Carbonite is cheap, safe and effective insurance.

Finally, the World Backup Day website and its founder, Ismail Jadun, asks people to take the World Backup Day pledge: “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31. I will also tell my friends and family about World Backup Day — friends don’t let friends go without a backup.”

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking since 1984. He can be reached at 919-9901 or davemoorecomputers.com.

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