Posts Tagged ‘Backup’

Business Disaster Preparedness – You and Your Phone

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Our smartphones have become an integral part of our lives.  They are so entwined into our everyday lives/ and for many the only form of communication to others with the exception of person to person meetings.

So what happens when something happens to our smartphone?    If you’re prepared properly; nothing! If not you could be in a heap of _____!

First we must recognize that all things have the potential to fail, it’s not if, but when.  Given that fact the first priority in making sure we have a backup in place.  The first backup will be a digital version and we will look at the backup options available and their pluses and minuses.  The second backup will be paper-based.

There are two primary digital backups available; one is to the cloud and another to a local memory card.  Both are good and combined can provide a respectable level of safety.

The benefits of cloud based versions offer is the ability to restore your data and settings in the event your smartphone is physically damaged beyond repair or stolen.  The disadvantage is if something happens to the data on your phone and you can’t get a good signal or you have a lot of data which requires substantial time to download, you could have a problem.

Backups stored to local memory cards are fast for recovery and don’t use any bandwidth, making them the first line of defense in the event of a hardware or software crash, or data corruption.  The downside to backups stored locally is if you lose your phone or it gets stolen, you are up the creek without a paddle!

There are many Android based backup applications in Google Play and in the Amazon Appstore.  Google also offers a sync service and Verizon has a backup assistant.

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Quicken Data: Saving vs. Backups

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The other day I spoke with a person who was having an issue with Quicken.  She had been using Quicken and computers for quite a while.

Before we proceeded, I asked her the when was the last time she did a backup.  Her response was,” just a few minutes ago as I just pressed the save button.”  When I explored this further, it became apparent she never did a backup, and she has a lot of financial data going back for many years on her computer.

I explained to her how she could backup her Quicken data and suggested she purchase some USB flash drives.  As Quicken doesn’t take up a lot of space, almost any current USB flash drive would work fine for her needs.

This article was written by The Boss of HITman Services, a computer and IT company, based in Clifton Park and serving the Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties of New York.

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Spyware and Malware Misconception #3

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

If my computer is working fine right now, I don’t need to perform maintenance on it.

This is probably one of the biggest and most deadly misconceptions that most computer users fall victim to. Computers are just like cars. If you don’t change the oil, change the filter, rotate the tires, flush the transmission, and perform other regular maintenance on your car, it will eventually break down and cost you FAR MORE to repair than the cost of the basic maintenance.

There are certain maintenance checks that need to be done daily (like virus updates and spam filtering), weekly (like system backups and a spyware sweep), and monthly or quarterly like checking for and installing security patches and updates, disk defrag, spyware detection and removal, checking the surge suppressor and the integrity of the hard drive, and so on.

Your computer repair technician should be adamant that you have regular maintenance done on your computer and should offer to set up automatic virus definition updates, spam filtering (to avoid viruses), and automatic system backups that are stored on an OFF SITE location (this protects the backup from fire, flood, or other natural disasters).

Lack of system maintenance is the NUMBER ONE reason most people end up losing valuable files and incurring heavy computer repair bills.

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