Everyone knows how important it is to make frequent backups from your documents, right?
Unfortunately to often people forget to keep up with changes in there files so if they even have a backup it is outdated. In case of a technical issue or a human incident this can cause a lot of trouble. As long as your computer doesn’t have any issues everything will be all right. Most of the time you will be able to get deleted files back from the trash or use a special program to recover it from your disk. When the real trouble begins is if your hard drive is failing. There is a big chance that in seconds you lose all your important documents and pictures from the last decades without any way to recover them.
Why I choose to use Crashplan as my backup solution?
The free Crashplan software is super easy to install and uses extra data encryption for security. Your data will be encrypted with a 448bit coding and if desired you can setup an extra password! Besides that Crashplan offers multiple destination backups, so you can make a locale backup and send an extra backup to a different computer from a friend or family member. The online cloud backup solution to the Crashplan server is a payed solution, but it’s worth to use it!
Save a backup outside your home!
A local backup can of course be made to an external hard drive and this is a great first step. But just imagine someone will break in to your house, or worse a fire would break out. In those cases there is a big chance you would lose the orignal data and the local backup, so that’s why I always recommend to save a backup outside your home. All you would have to do is ask a friend or family member to start using Crashplan aswell. That way you can easily share a backup code to save your backup to each others computer. Just be aware, the backup will only run if both computers are connected to the internet.
Continues backup and version history
Crashplan offers to create multiple backup sets and offers a wide range of options to configure. You can choose how often to make a backup (every minute to every day), but also how many versions you want to keep. Some of you might know this type of version history from Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. Every time you make a change in by example a word document a new version will be saved in your backup. I would recommend to limit the number of versions to keep your backup size reasonable. Normally within a week or month you should have noticed you want to recover a different version.
Keep removed files in your backup?
Because I also make the backups to the Crashplan cloud servers I save the full version history there and choose to keep all removed files in the backup. With the payed plan I took there is unlimited space available so I don’t have to worry about that. Locally I don’t have unlimited space, so I delete version history and removed files a lot quicker. After a file has been removed six months ago it gets deleted from my local backup.
Questions or need help?
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