Strategies for Backing up Your Data: Part 1, Macs

Backing up the data on your computer is important and should be a top priority, especially for those working in the tech space.  However, it’s amazing how many people do not back up their data, or if they do, lack any sort of comprehensive strategy for keeping their stuff as secure as possible. In the next three posts, we’ll show you how to come up with some tactics to secure your data that will make sure it is as safe as it can be.

We’ll begin by talking about strategies and products to help you back up your Mac. There are three main ways to go about this, and to be on the safe side, you should employ all of them.


Strategies for Backing up Your Data

Online backup
With online backup, you can get all your files up and running without any additional software or any real hassle. In the event that you lose your data, you can reboot your computer and start working immediately. Have your stuff saved periodically with automated backups using programs like Carbon Copy Cloner and SuperDuper!

Nearline backup
Nearline backup means automated backup to another device that is attached or is in the same network as your computer. Nearline backups add some additional benefits to the mix as well, such as compression and incremental updates. Check out these Nearline backup providers that will do a great job at protecting your data: Time Machine and Retrospect.

Remote site backup
Finally, in the event that a tornado tears through your house or a similar geographically-focused disaster, save you data on some servers that are nowhere near you. Although this type of backup can be slow in getting you and your computer back on your feet, you never want to risk losing your data for good. Check out CrashPlan and Dropbox as good resources to back up your data remotely.

What strategies do you use to back up the data on your Mac? Let us know in the comments!