The best way to prepare for any disaster is to keep your data backed up. There are two broadly defined approaches to backup:

  • Remote backup: Your computer automatically sends your data to a remote center at specified internals.
  • Local backup: Your computer copies your data to a second hard drive or other media source, either manually or at specified intervals.

Either route (or both) may be appropriate for your nonprofit. One thing to keep in mind is that if you live in an area that’s susceptible to natural disasters, then it may not be a good idea to trust local backup alone. It’s possible that a disaster could claim both your primary and back-up drives, even if you keep the back-up drive at a different location in the same city.

Regular backups are vital insurance against a data-loss catastrophe. Developing a solid back-up plan requires an investment of time and money, but the cost is far less than the burdensome task of recreating data for which no backup exists.

In this article, we’ll offer some best practices and basic strategies for backup. Be sure to read our follow-up articles on remote backup and local backup.

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