Do you know someone who has lost critical and precious information that was stored on their computer?
Are there things on your computer that you don’t want to lose such as financial or business records or personal information like family photos? We live in a digital world and we don’t have hard copies of anything anymore. All you have is what’s on your computer. Is it safe?
You may be backing up on external hard drives or memory keys and that’s better than most. However, how often are you doing it and where are the back-ups stored? Are they going to be of any use in the event of a fire or flood, or when a thief steals all your equipment?
Today, backing up your computer to a data centre in the cloud is not only affordable, it’s incredibly easy. Every night, all the new data on your computer (e-mails, photos, etc.) is backed up automatically and can be restored at any time, from any computer.
Various options exist and two that I am familiar with are Carbonite and CrashPlan. I started to use Carbonite back in December, 2013. For $60 a year, I can automatically back-up an unlimited amount of data. The first back-up took about a week to run in the background on my computer as it uploaded the massive amount of files and photos that I have. After that, it only took a few minutes a day. Best of all, it does it by itself and I have nothing to worry about. I can even access my files from my mobile device if I need to. That’s convenience.
CrashPlan has a cloud back-up offering like Carbonite, but if you don’t like the data being in the cloud, you can use CrashPlan to back-up your data to another location of your choice. Pick a friend and you can each buy an external hard drive and back up each other’s computer over the internet. The data is encrypted so you won’t be able to see each other’s information.
When picking your vendor, do your research. Know if the data is encrypted for your safety. Know where the data is stored, if that matters to you. Find one that has a pricing model that fits your needs. For me, the peace of mind that I have from knowing that my data and especially my family memories won’t be lost in a catastrophe is worth every penny that I pay.
Thanks to Darren Buma of KWB Chartered Accountants for providing this article.
Darren Buma, CPA, CA
Darren has a passion for small business and loves to work with both budding and experienced entrepreneurs. After articling with KPMG and receiving his Chartered Accountant designation, he left to explore the world of small business. What he was expecting to be a short exercise turned into nine years of excitement. During that time he helped to grow and operate a variety of private companies in both commercial real estate development and computer software development.
In 2004 Darren joined KWB so that he could have the best of both worlds, running a small entrepreneurial firm and being in a position to help entrepreneurs like you, grow your business and secure your future. He became a partner at KWB in 2007. His knowledge and advice isn't just academic, Darren lives the roller coaster of entrepreneurship that you ride every day.
Aside from his responsibilities at work, Darren is active in the community. He is a past Chair of the Edmonton Chapter of Financial Executives Canada, sits on the disciplinary tribunal roster for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, and is active in minor hockey both as Treasurer for his local hockey association as well as coaching numerous hockey teams over the years.
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