I ran across an article today on keeping your website and the data on it as safe as possible. It offered various ideas including keeping any software current (updating WordPress or ecommerce carts). The main idea as always is to keep backups of all your data and keep it in a secure place Off your computer(s) and even out of your office. With cloud storage this is very easy and several sites offer affordable backup space including google, Carbonite and one of my favorites: dropbox. Searching for other cloud storage sites I find that Just Cloud has one of the best, if not the best, ratings.
I’ve always been a believer in the saying “It’s not if your hard drive will fail, it’s When it will fail.” And last summer I hit the Trifecta of all failures: I had just backed up into my stand alone teraflop hard drive. The next day the main drive in my work pc was dead. And my complete backup was infected with a brand new virus I had apparently picked up during my browsing right before I backed up – so new that my anti-virus didn’t catch it.
One can survive and I had enough files burned to DVDs to recover most of my work. Client work was safely stored on their site but I lost a lot of personal email.
This post isn’t to recommend any particular cloud storage but I would like to encourage you to back up to at least two separate sources. Had I done that, I would have had at least one current copy of my pc when one was infected.