In seminary we were to clean our rooms every Saturday morning. I still am in the habit of doing cleaning chores that day. I also do routine work on my computers: back ups, clean ups, virus scans, tidy up the registry, drivers, etc.
Maintenance is important.
Today I am doing a little more: I am changing all my passwords on all my major… things.
I read about a new threat today that I took seriously. Also, it was time.
May I recommend that you all get a big external hard drive to back up everything that is important to you? Critical things should be kept on a USB drive, maybe even offsite, such as a bank box.
Moreover, get uninterruptible power sources (UPS) for your important equipment. Big TVs and that sort of thing should also have gizmos to clean up the electricity.
An IronKey, a flashdrive that is rugged and can be encrypted.
IronKey is more expensive, but it won’t fail you. Keep images of important documents, files you must not lose. We all have them.
And external drive with 1 TB. That sounds big but it really isnt’ anymore.
Here is one that is portable. Once you use a link you can shop around.
Remember two things:
1) It is not a matter of IF your drive will fail you, it is a matter of WHEN. It will happen. Do you want to lose all your photos? Music? Documents? Records? You will.
2) Jesus saves. So should you. Make backups and, if you are like me, backups of the backups. I am not a huge fan of these “cloud services”. Who has access to my data?
When the power is interrupted, as in a storm (when the EMP hits we will have bigger problems and you need Faraday cages for that… but I digress) your equipment can be damaged, not to mention the work you can loose.
Uninterruptible power sources. I have a bunch of them. I think size matters. If you are running something simple, go small. But I think bigger is better. They protect from larger surges, they can run more things for longer. I like APC products because of the super customer service I have had with them. When I was in the countryside where the power grid was susceptible to storms and surges, these things saved my bacon several times and each time APC replaced my batteries or units. A couple other companies did nothing for me. BAH!
Again, use the link and shop around.
Like with all disasters, they always happen to someone else…. until they happen to you.
Some of you will have your own practical hints and horror stories, as well as disasters averted tales.
UPDATE 11 April: