- Once a week, copy your stuff on to a DVD. DVDs are cheap and a fairly reliable way to back up. Even if your disk crashes, you’ll minimize the data lost. Granted you can retrieve it, but retrieval is expensive.
- Google Docs has loads of space to upload all your files (now – even folder uploading is enabled there). Ok – you need to create a gmail account, but that’s a three second job. In fact – it even makes sense to have more than one gmail account for various things.
- One of the things that made me miserable about that data crash was the fact that I had five years’ worth of digital photography – including loads of home videos of Vidur growing up and thousands of photographs of events, functions, wonderful moments – that can never be rewinded or reproduced. Ok – so I am no Darren Rowse – but still! Moral of the story – upload your photos regularly to some place like Picasa or Flickr or whatever works for you. The kind of stupid I felt when it dawned on me that my entire data was lost is something I’d never wish on anyone, no matter what. Errrgh!
- Have a reliable anti-virus program in place and update it regularly. Now, don’t laugh. I know someone who actually has it set to manual updates, and hits cancel when it sometimes pops up asking for permission to update.
- Whatever OS you use, enable automatic security updates.
- Keep that firewall up!