3-2-1 Backup RuleThe Three Steps To Planning Your Backup Strategy

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COPIES OF YOUR DATA

Creating three or more data copies on different storage devices reduces the risk of perils typical for any such device.

Eg. Hardware failure can destroy the hard disk but not a cloud account or a network issue can stop transferring backup data online but not copying from the local disk, and so on.

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METHODS OF BACKUPS

Store your copies in at least 2 different types of storage media (local drive, network share (NAS) or cloud online storage)

If your primary backup is on an external portable hard drive, then make at least one other copy in a cloud service like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

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OFFSITE BACKUP

The last principle of 3-2-1 backup rule is keeping one or more backups off-site, i.e. not in the same room or building as the original.

Therefore, if the original and local copies will be physically destroyed (by the theft, fire or a natural disaster), at least one data copy will be saved.

RECOMMENDED BACKUP OPTIONS

Here are some cloud and software backup solutions that could help avoid losing important files or recovery your computer

Acronis True Image

Acronis True Image is the only cyber protection solution on the market that provides reliable backups with advanced antimalware. Through the power of integration individuals and small businesses alike are protected against today’s threats — cyberattacks, accidental deletion, disk failure, and theft.

Flexible local backups enable you to back up what you want, from full system images to individual files.

The cloud backup feature provides you off-site protection, easy recovery, and anywhere access.

Plus integrated antimalware capabilities protect both your device and backup data from ransomware, cryptojacking, and never-before-seen cyber threats.

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Cloud Email & Microsoft 365 Backup

Protect Office 365, G-Suite Gmail, Exchange, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams & most other IMAP/POP3 email servers with multiple daily backups via the cloud with unlimited storage.

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Macrium Reflect

A free back up, disk imaging, and cloning solution capable of meeting the needs of both commercial and personal users.

Protect your data, upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems safe in the knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file. Macrium Reflect supports back up to local, network, and USB drives, and is licensed for both home and business use.

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Microsoft OneDrive

A Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription not only gives you all the Microsoft Office Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher & Outlook), but it also can give you up to 5 x 1TB OneDrive online storage to use for backups.

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