Forgive me for seeming a little jaded about this but Macworld Australia has been running stories on backing up your systems annually for several years. And yet, I get plenty of messages and requests from friends to help them recover lost data because they lack a decent backup strategy.
Frankly, there’s no excuse for not backing up your data these days. Storage is relatively cheap; there are dozens of cloud options for protecting your data and the software for automating the entire process is built into your Mac through Time Machine.
Despite all that, the message on putting an automated backup solution in place seems to not penetrate until disaster strikes.
It’s important to understand there are two types of hard drives in the world – those that have failed and those that will fail. Throw in the recent emergence of KeRanger ransomware as a threat to Macs and disaster is always an imminent possibility.
Backup software company Acronis conducted a survey looking at the concerns and risks and found:
- 47 percent of Australians fear losing photos and videos the most
- the most important data protection features for Australians are ease-of-use, security and privacy, cited by 32 percent of respondents respectively
- 53 percent have more than four devices (computers, laptops, smartphones) in their homes
- 48 percent of Australians ran out of storage space at some point and 45 percent claimed it happens to them once a year
- currently, 41 percent back up to external drives and 31 percent back up to the cloud, and
- 62 percent of consumers back up at night and 17 percent back up while watching TV.
We’ve published several backup guides, most recently, our Protect your precious Mac – Backup and Recovery.
And there’s my favourite backup mantra: 3-2-1-0. Three copies of your precious data on at least two different media with one copy offsite and no errors.