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Back up Your Files

Remember all of those pictures of your last vacation, or your favorite pet or a relative that has passed? They are probably stored on your computer, but are they stored anywhere else?  If your computer (home or business) breaks and you could never power it on again, would you still have everything you need?

These questions seem logical but usually go overlooked. Backing up computer files is not exciting. It’s not fun and you don’t see any immediate benefit of it. Just like the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” backing up your files prevents future problems.

Backing up does not have to be a sophisticated process. It can be as simple as plugging in a USB thumb drive and copying important files to it. For home computers, services like Dropbox and Google offer cloud backups.   It is not recommended to store any passwords, financial or Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in the cloud.  All passwords, financial information, and PII should be stored on a protected thumb drive or external hard drive to back up important files to.

If they are work-related items, utilize MCC’s M: drive.  MCC’s office machines utilize a local backup of your files but that doesn’t mean they will be available if the hard drive goes bad. 

If you need any assistance backing up files on your MCC computer, you can call Technology Support at 292-TECH for help.

Jeff Willard
MCC Cyber Security Awareness Committee