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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Secure those devices and backup data

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By Khalid Diriye

Data is the most important aspect of your computer. The operating system can be reinstalled and so can applications, but it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data.

You should back up your personal or critical work data on a regular basis. This means copying your files over to a protected system that you can access when those files are needed.

Iron mountain a world leader in information management solutions has a provided a well thought out list of things you should be practicing to keep your devices backed up.

  • Embrace some key archiving best practices.
    • Some archiving systems are better for storing daily-use files, while others better accommodate less frequently accessed data.
    • For mobile data, consider creating an active archive that lets employees access stored information quickly across all their devices.
    • Over time, you can migrate that data into a long-term archiving solution, such as offsite tape vaulting, to hold down storage costs.


  • Simplify your backup processes.
    • Ensure complete backup compliance by using applications that even people less tech-savvy will likely be able to use.


  • Verify your backup process periodically.
    • Once you have a system in place, set up a schedule to regularly test it, ensuring that you're capturing all of the information you've targeted.

  • Deal with data in the afterlife.
    • If someone leaves the company, you need to secure the information they might inadvertently or purposefully take with them. Some systems will allow the company to remotely wipe a device.

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