To backup or not to back up, the cloud or external, encrypted or not. The last few weeks our office has been flooded with calls from customers pertaining to this issue who are perplexed and just don’t know where to turn to for the correct information.
Short answer…A resounding YES! Backups are absolutely essential and every single one of us should be doing them. Do not pass GO, do no collect $200; in 2015 they are required.
External or the Cloud.
This is where we have some differing opinions circulating our there in the world. Here is the deal with backing up to an External if you are using a classic external (not a Solid State Drive) there are few ways this can go bad. First just like the hard drive in your computer, the external has moving parts. The problem with moving parts is that they can break. When they break you are looking at a potential data recovery situation which could run you anywhere between $200 and $2000. Not a great situation for anyone to be in.
Secondarily, most people who use an external keep the external backup in the same location as the computer. What is the big deal? Well, if there is a disaster (fire, flood, tornado) the external most likely will be destroyed along with the computer. Protocol for backups is to always, always keep the backup offsite for this very reason.
Here at Code Blue Computing we are proponents of using the cloud for your backups. First of all, you should always, always plan for the very worst scenario. The last thing that you need to worry about in a disaster is that on top of everything else you have lost your data. Additionally when using a cloud service such as iDrive, you are benefiting from redundancy. There are data centers spread throughout the country with your backups. This means, if something happens in one town, no problem your data is also stored in many other cities so you are covered.
There are a lot of naysayers out there who will say the “Cloud” is not safe, that is where the hackers are. It is not that simple at all. The truth is that is you were to never backup a single item to the cloud that you could download a computer virus that would expose all of your data, just because you are not utilizing The Cloud per say, you still could be a victim.
The cloud service that we use and recommend to our clients offer full encryption in the cloud. If for some reason a hacker were to access your account it would be encrypted and they wouldn’t be able to decipher the data anyway. If you worry about the Encryption piece we would suggest using a Personal Encryption tool such as The Enigma as an additional layer of security to insure complete protection of your data. The Enigma is a Thumbdrive encryption device that gives you the ability to encrypt specific files and folders. The file will be encrypted on your computer, an external, the cloud, etc, until you de-crypt it.
Technology and Cyber Attacks are moving at a clip that we just have never seen before. We are lucky to be able to utilize the advances in technology to improve our lives but conversely we must be super vigilant to protect ourselves, our businesses and out data.
Code Blue Computing is an IT Service and Support Firm headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. The support residential, small and medium-sized businesses throughout Colorado. They may be reached by telephone at 720-746-9763 or you can always log on to the Code Blue Computing website.