The importance of off-site backups

A few weeks ago burglars broke into my house and stole, among other things, the laptop we use to store our family photographs.

That laptop had years of irreplaceable photos on it's hard disk - about 30GB of them.

But off-site backup and insurance turned this tragedy into a mere inconvenience.

I went and bought a new laptop, run an endless sequences of windows updates, installed the JungleDisk software and clicked the restore button - and all is well again.

If you don't have automatic off site backup for all your important files stop whatever you are doing right now and set one up - NOW - not later, right now.

I use JungleDisk, but there are also DropBox (a wonderful service that I use to transfer files between computers), CrushPlan (that you can use to backup your files to friend's computers over the internet for free) and many many other companies offering comparable services.

posted @ Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:27 PM

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