Backing up your Home Network

2010 July 20
Are your home network files secure?

Back up your home network files

It’s important to have a backup system for your home network, to protect you from damage of theft, disaster, virus attack  or computer failure.  Home backup solutions provide users with peace of mind, much like data insurance.

Imagine, losing family photos, business records or other important documents.

Back up your network with CD-ROM or DVD-ROM

You can use compact discs to back up your network.  If each computer doesn’t have its own drive, the files will need to be placed into a folder that’s accessible to the network.  Burn copies of important files on a monthly basis.  You can use the “detailed folder view” to see if a file has changed since your last backup.

This method gives you full control over which files are being backed up and discs are very inexpensive. In fact, if you’re using rewritable discs, you can backup your files to the same disc more than once. The drawback to this method is that people rarely remember to back up their system.  If you’re working from home or rely on your computer heavily, you may need to schedule time on a weekly or monthly basis to back up your system.  Very important files can be backed up on a daily basis.

For emergency backup of just a few files, email yourself a copy using a web-based email program like Yahoo or Gmail.

Backup Your Network to a Local Server (MUCH easier than discs)

A backup server, or Network Attached Storage Device  is one or a series of external hard drive with lots of memory that everyone on your home network can access.  You can also use one of the computers on your network for backup.

The good thing about this method is that each computer has access to the same backed-up copies of files, which can free up resources.  Unfortunately, if the house burns down or becomes flooded, the local backup is in just as much danger as the rest of the network.

Remote Backup for Home Network

Remote backup sites pull copies of the files you specify and store them on a secure remote server. You can access your files online, by logging into your account.  Registering for a remote backup website is easy

  • create an account
  • install the secure transfer software
  • choose backup preferences

Shop around for backup services. Some charge monthly, others charge annually and still others charge according to your file transfer habits and disk usage. The benefit of these services is that they can be set up to perform automatic backups, without you ever having to remember to back up.  The servers are located away from your home, so they’re not subject to the same natural disasters and, since the company is in the business of securing your files, they often have additional backups in place, in case one of their servers are compromised. Choose a reputable host that’s been in business for a long time and has a history of stability.

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