- Have a rotation of devices so you aren’t copying over the last backup continually. The best method is to have at least one for each day that you are open and rotate through them daily.
- Take it out of the office. When you replace yesterday’s backup with the one for today, take it out of the office to safeguard your data in case of an in-house event such as fire of flood. Taking it off site keeps it safe from harm.
- DO NOT keep your backup device connected to your network. Remove or disconnect it as soon as the backup is finished. Keeping it connected leaves it vulnerable to infection in case of a cyber security breach.
- TEST YOUR BACKUP REGULARLY. Perform a test restore using the backup so you are sure that data is available and un-corrupted.
Our “Best Practices” recommendation is to have an off site backup that is at least run daily and is monitored with a “test restore” at least monthly to ensure that the critical data that you are depending upon is reliable.