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Keeping Your Electronic Documents Safe In A Fire

With more and more of our documents being stored online, it's all too easy to ignore the advice about keeping a copy of our documents in a fire proof safe to prevent losing important information and sentimental family photos. Unfortunately our computers are still vulnerable to being stolen, destroyed by malicious thieves or damaged in fire or flood. 

Here is how to make sure your documents are safe even when disasters strike.

Keep a physical back up drive in the fireproof safe

Make sure you have a fireproof safe installed into your house. This is great place to store a physical back up of a removable hard drive, as it is safe from intruders, fire damage and hacking by third parties. Bolting the safe to the foundations, as done by professional safe installer, prevents the safe by being removed from the premises by extra eager thieves. For more information, contact a business such as Safes Warehouse.

Keep a physical back up drive off site

Regularly keep a further back up off site, either in a safe deposit box or another house. This ensures that if an unexpected event occurs, and you lose access to your home for a period of time, you can still access documents in an emergency. These back ups tend to be harder to access than home backups in the case of computer failure, but can still be useful as a further back up.

Keep a back up of important documents on the cloud

Keeping important documents on the cloud is a way to make sure that they are always accessible. Various cloud levels have different levels of security, which may not be as important if you are storing family photos but can be critical if you are storing business information or financial documentation. Cloud sever backups can be set to an auto backup function, where your computer automatically back up at a regular interval, which can help you to have the most recent updates of your files.

As you are still vulnerable to any downside or losses where the cloud servers are not responsive, or where you do not have Internet access for a period, cloud servers need to be paired with physical backups to give you full data security.

Electronic storage of important documents has not negated the need for safe storage options for your hard drive. Consider using a combination of onsite back ups, off site back up and cloud storage for your most important files.