MangoPublic’s Backup-Your-Backups Policy

>MangoPublic’s Backup-Your-Backups Policy

MangoPublic’s Backup-Your-Backups Policy

As I write this on 28th April 2014…..

Wooops.  I was in the middle of doing something else, when I hovered over the Time Machine icon on my Mac…and it said the last backup was 9th March 2013.

Oh dear.

timemachine_lgI have no idea how this happened, but fortunately I have been running Crashplan – backing up from the business office, to the home office.  So at least I had an off-site backup to fall back on.

Still it’s a bit of a shocker – I don’t remember turning it off, and I don’t remember any warnings about backups not having taken place.

To clarify, I have no complaints about Time Machine for the Mac whatsoever – it always seemed to have a nice, sequential series of backups (incremental I think is the right term), that I could skim through.  I just haven’t needed to look for a backup for all this time, obviously.

And likewise with Crashplan – it’s an absolutely cracking piece of software that chugs away in the background, backing up everything I need from the business office to the home office, and vice versa.  It works on both the Mac at the business address, and the Windows 7 PC in the Home Office.  And I can unlock the office backup at home, should I need a file that’s on the Mac, and vice versa.

None of this is a problem for our clients of course 😉

dropboxWe have independent backups for our client websites, both on the webserver, and off-site backups to e.g. Dropbox. The database backups are also emailed, for a belt, bracers & safety net approach!

Still, it’s worth a manual check now & then to see if your backups are running as you thought they were.

Anyhow, I suppose that’s my latest tip(s) for business owners – for a foolproof(?) solution, always have off-site backups running for your important data, as well as on-site backups to make sure that if things start hitting the fan, you’ve got what you need.

Resources:

CrashPlan-logoWe use Crashplan for off-site backups, Time Machine (for Mac), Windows backup on Windows 7 (not perfect, but manageable), and Dropbox.

*Disclaimer: Links above are sponsor-free – the only thing I benefit from, is if you use my Dropbox link to sign up – then we both get a little extra free space from the nice guys at Dropbox.  Smashing 😉

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Darren has worked extensively in the field of web design, SEO and Conversion Optimisation, creating CMS-driven websites that display well on desktops, tablets, and mobiles. Darren's interests include using quality content, Video Production, Social Media, Google Adwords pay per click and publication via other channels to get the message across to clients.

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