What’s Your Backup Plan?

A few months ago my administrative assistant opened an attachment that had a virus that almost immediately knocked out three of our computers, including the one that held 6 years worth of design files. Needless to say I got a little panicky. Fortunately I have a great IT team that was able to do a full recovery. Here are the lessons I learned from this little (mis) adventure.

1. NEVER open an attachment that Google’s G-Mail has already marked as SPAM. It seems obvious, but proof once again that common sense isn’t common practice.

2. Have a backup plan. Make sure that it’s working BEFORE you need it.

3. Take good care of your IT folks…when you need them, you really need them.

We have a more extensive setup at the church, but the simplest backup plan that I’ve seen work in a home and small office setting is CrashPlan. They have free onsite and offsite backup options, plus a paid cloud storage if you need it. In addition, you get weekly email reports to  make sure everything is running smoothly.

I use it at home and highly recommend it.

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