December 29th, 2009
Well, I still didn’t get my garage cleaned out, but I did have a terrific Christmas with my family.
Since I am really serious about each person getting a good computer backup plan I am going to share a few more thoughts on this topic. ¬†It doesn’t really pertain to taxes but today that’s beside the point.
First, ask yourself what would happen if right now your computer would fail. ¬†Let’s suppose that everything on your computer was wiped out, and could not be recovered. ¬†Do you have a backup plan that would restore your important information? ¬†If not, I encourage you to take a few minutes to review your options. ¬†While I am certainly far from an expert on computer backups, I’m going to share some tips anyway.
1. ¬†Web based backup service. ¬†If you have high speed internet, you can choose to backup your data to an online service. ¬†These services are automated, so you can set it and forget it (although it is a good idea to check in once in a while to make sure it really is working!) ¬†They are also secure, using encryption services to protect your data. ¬†There are many options to choose from, but one good one is Mozy.com.
2. ¬†A portable hard drive. ¬†Another option is to get a portable hard drive that plugs into your USB. ¬†Portable hard drives typically hold 250 GB of data or more, and you can pick one up for around $130.00. ¬†You shouldn’t need more space than that for the average user, and backups are super fast.
3. ¬†USB Flash Drives. ¬†These compact little drives have been around for a number of years, and are continually getting more affordable. ¬†If you only need a small amount of space for your backups, these may be the way to go. ¬†For about $25 or $30 you can purchase a flash drive that holds around 4 to 8 GB of data.
4. ¬†An IT Professional. ¬†If your backup needs are complex or you don’t trust yourself to set things up correctly, call a technology professional. ¬†People like Nick Gunn at Scotia Systems (www.scotiasystems.com) can talk to you about your needs and set you up with a cost effective system.
These are just a few options. ¬†Whatever you do, don’t delay. ¬†I encourage you to make this an end of year priority.Filed under: Other tips by David Boese 1 Comment »