Summer Break is coming and you might want to take a break without worries. These are some tips to have Safe and Secure Summer Vacations.


1. Install backup software

First of all, choose a backup solution and save your data. The majority of people procrastinate this activity and it has probably been a long time since you last made a backup of your archives and operating system.

Create an image of your disk, make a full backup. Choose where you will store that image. If you are about to take a break, you don’t want to come back to nasty surprises. The tool you choose should enable you to, in the event of a partial or complete system loss, use the image that you create to restore the entire disk, one or more partitions, or even individual files and folders.


2. Back-up all your work

Regular backups are the best practice to prevent data loss and quickly recover from cyber attacks. You have three ways to image your disk:

  • Full System Backup:When you image a volume for the first time it is referred to as a Full image. A Full image file contains all of the data stored in the volume.
  • Differential Backup:A Differential image that backs up all the data that has changed on the volumes since the last Full image was taken.
  • Incremental Backup:An Incremental image that backs up all the data that has changed on the volumes since the last image was taken whether that is a Full, an Incremental, or a Differential image.

Don’t forget to verify Image and File and Folder backup files before you leave.


3. Protect documents, data and operating systems

You can image the whole disk or by partitions. Your tool should allow you to set up the image destination; we recommend using an external drive to store your backups, either a USB connected drive or a networked drive.

But you can also backup folders or individual documents, you don’t need to create a whole image of the disk. A file and folder backup is a useful way to back up your working files, personal files and precious data.


4. Protect your backups against ransomware

If you read the news, you know the ransomware attacks are the latest worrying trend in cybersecurity. Avoid suffering from this nightmare; there are tools to mitigate ransomware even after it has started to encrypt your data. Also, there are many antivirus software that detects ransomware when you are infected. However, we recommend tools that prevent ransomware; when it doesn’t matter how new and good the ransomware is; your data is safe by principle.


5. Keep multiple backups in multiple places

It is always recommended to have more than one copy of your backups. That means to have the image in different formats or storage types, and always ensure at least one backup is stored off-site, this can be in a physical location or in the cloud. Different locations will prevent loss due to local disasters such as a fire or flood could potentially wipe out both backups. And different storage formats will protect your data from any single point of failure. For more info click here.

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