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Overview

Having our data backed up is one of the best ways we can instantly recover from cyber attacks. Imagine getting a ransomware attack, encrypting all your data indefinitely unless you pay a ransom to the cyber criminals. With cloud back-ups, you'd restore your data and just shrug the attack off as a mere inconvenience! Without it, you'd have to spend hours trying to recover your data and the likelihood is, you wouldn't get it back.

Time required: 45 - 90mins

Difficulty: Medium

Software/hardware costs: £30 (annually)

HOW-TO VIDEO TUTORIAL

Follow the instructions in the video below step by step. If you prefer written instructions, these can be found below.

Things to do

  • 1. Choose your back-up method.

  • 2. Install your chosen option (A or B).

  • 3. Back-up your PC/laptop to an external hard drive periodically.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Choose your back-up method.

a. Option A: Automatic (preferred) - create your own secure personal cloud that automatically backs-up your PC in real-time. Selecting this option prevents us needing to manually back-up (step 3 below).

b. Option B: Manual - use a secure cloud service; SpiderOak (£3.90/month) or Tresorit (£6.67/ month).

TWO. Install your chosen option (A or B).

a. Option A;

  • macOS: use iCloud for your everyday storage to help keep your devices fast and secure. Then use the personal cloud solution below for complete back-ups in case disaster hits (e.g. ransomware).
    • System Preferences > iCloud
    • Buy the WD 2 TB My Cloud device (£159) for automatic personal cloud back-ups or a similar product if you prefer another. Follow the setup instructions.
    • Open TimeMachine, setup encrypted and automatic back-ups to this new personal cloud device. If you bought the WD 2 TB My Cloud device, TimeMachine will automatically detect it once it’s been connected to your router and setup.
  • Windows: use OneDrive for your everyday storage to keep your devices fast and secure. Then use the personal cloud solution below for device back- ups in case disaster hits (e.g. ransomware).
    • Right-click the OneDrive icon in the notifications part of your screen and choose Settings (you may need to click the little upward-pointing arrow in the notification area to see the OneDrive icon).
    • Buy the WD 2 TB My Cloud device (£159) for automatic personal cloud back-ups or a similar product if you prefer another. Follow the setup instructions.
    • Download and install Genie Timeline (£29.95) which is a Windows equivalent to Apples TimeMachine.

b. Option B;

  • Download and install SpiderOak (£3.90/month) or Tresorit (£6.67/month). Use for all your media and documents.
  • Perform periodic manual back-ups of your whole device (see step 3 below).

Step 3 below is only required if you chose B above.

THREE. Back-up your PC/laptop to an external hard drive periodically.

a. Buy Transcend 2TB Shock Resistance Portable External Hard Drive (£99.95).

b. Back-up entire PC/laptop every 1-3 months (run malware scan before you do!).

  • macOS: Time Machine > Select Disk > Back Up Now.
  • Windows: Control Panel > System & Security > Backup & Restore > Create System Image.

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