Understanding Data Backup In Computer Security
In my previous article, I have talked about some of the elements of computer security for users generally. In this article, I want to look at some of the facts that you need to know about data backup in computer security. Follow me as we are going to look at some of the facts that you need to know about it in this article.
There are times that many of us have lost vital information in the past. Some of those data are data that are very useful to us. At times, when the loss happens we always find it difficult to replace those data. One thing we could have done to prevent those fatal losses is to have data backup in place. In this article, I want to look at all that we need to know about data backup in computer security. Follow me as we are going to look at that together in this article.
What Backup is…
Backup is the process of making duplicate copies of critical data on backup media such as CD/DVD, USB, external hard disk among others. The main purpose of having a data backup in place is to restore critical data or files when they are accidentally deleted or stolen. This will ensure that the incidence does not affect day to day running of the business.
You also have to note that it is very easy and cheaper to back up data compared to restoring data after a disaster. That is why most times, you do not need to backup your full data every time. This takes a lot of time.
Aside from having an antivirus on your system, data backup should be your next priority. This is due to the fact it ensures that you have your data intact after any major or minor disaster has taken place. This is why you should not take this exercise with levity.
What file to backup?
When you need to backup your data, you have to first decide on which of your data is critical. This will allow you to determine the amount of your data that you need to backup. Some of the data that you need to backup include:
- Operating System files
- Important office documents
- Software downloaded or purchased online
- Contact information and emails
- Photos, music and videos
- Other critical files
- It is always recommended that important files are backed up regularly.
- You have to back up when you make changes to your file or there are new additions so that such changes will be available when there are loss or damages to your files.
- You also have to back up on a pre-determined day. You can choose to back up your files every Monday or any other pre-determined date that you have chosen.
- Back up only the modified files on a daily basis.
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