It’s March 31st everyone, also known as World Backup Day! Help us by spreading awareness about ransomware, data-loss prevention, malicious intent, and other threats that are constantly in play to jeopardize your data.

World Backup Day is a great opportunity to take a step back and re-assess what we are doing with our data and backup habits. Let’s go through a few things we can all do to help safeguard our data!

Have multiple backups in different locations.

We need to get used to the idea that a single flash drive or external hard drive is not enough to save us from lost data. A general rule of thumb is to keep 3 copies of your important data backed up, using at least 2 different forms of storage. Keeping 1 copy in a different location than the others is highly recommended as well.

Always keep your forms of backup up to date.

Making sure your security protocols are always up to date when using an online backup solution is hugely important when it comes to cybercriminal activity. Updates pave the way for the latest support and capabilities for your platform. Keeping your operating systems, components, and even the hardware involved are all necessary courses of action.

Automatic backups.

We’ve all been there. We have everything backed up, we get comfortable, we let too much time pass between backups. Before you know it, you’ve experienced hardware failure leading to data loss. Not to worry, you have your backup right here! Only to realize that you have not backed up in several weeks and your latest project is now a thing of the past. Get updated and don’t get lazy. Putting it off until the next day is a great way to lose your vital information. Start using automatic backup software, and please start being more responsible! Making sure your offline backups are up to date can be cumbersome, but you will never regret it.

Encryption.

Even the safest of offsite data backups can get stolen, which is why you should always employ encryption techniques for your most important of data.

As far as how/where to get access to data encryption, many operating systems already have their own built in software. Microsoft windows provides BitLocker, Mac OS uses FileVault, and Linux has both LUKS and cryptsetup. These programs are used to create encrypted drives and partitions. There are also many options for free and open source encryption tools that are not proprietary to any operating system.