March 31st – The day to prevent data loss!

What is a backup?

A backup is a copy of all your important files – for example, your family photos, home videos, documents, and emails. Instead of sorting it all in one place (like your computer or smartphone), you keep a copy of everything somewhere safe.

Why should I backup?

Losing your files is way more common than you’d think. One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about.

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How do I protect my data?

Online Backup Services

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Keeping your backup in the cloud is a good and future-proof alternative to physical data storage, instead of an external hard drive or USB stick. An external hard drive or USB stick can be lost or damaged. The biggest advantage of storing files in the cloud is that they are available anytime, anywhere. In terms of security, you should always pay close attention to access and security with cloud backups.

Here is a list of the best-known parties where you can make a backup in the cloud. Many of the companies below also offer a few GB of free space online.

External Hard Drive Backup

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External hard drive backups are still quite popular and mainly used for data storage and PC backups.

This is not a good backup method if you then keep the physical backup at home or on the same PC. Safe storage of an external hard drive is important.

An external hard drive is usually available at webshops that sell other electrical hardware, you can purchase external hard drives from e-commerce platforms such as Amazon.co.uk.

Computer Backup

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Where you previously had freedom of choice regarding making a backup, and you could easily make multiple choices from the operating system on your computer. Now the PC operating systems are mainly promoting and integrating their own cloud services. However, there are still several options for making a backup. Before you go into business with a storage or backup service, you should only thoroughly familiarise yourself with the backup providers. This is partly due to the fact that you can no longer properly select these options from, for example, Windows itself.

Backup Smartphone

Did you know that a backup with, for example, iPhone does not store your photos and documents?

9 out of 10 times these images are stored in your iCloud and there not on backups.

So, what if your iCloud account is stolen or hacked?

Then you can lose everything.

In addition, these backups pushed from operating systems are often stored in the cloud storage of expensive services, there are cheaper alternatives.

How do you solve this?

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Use another cloud storage or backup party for backups of your crucial files. Various backups services provide additional security and safe distance from original files.

Creating a NAS Backup

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Backing up to a NAS is a good safe way to backup mainly for small businesses, Tech-Savvy PC users, and smart homes. NAS is an abbreviation for Network Attached Storage. A NAS Server is a kind of computer cabinet that can convert one or more hard drives into one wireless network storage via a wireless connection.

A NAS is usually available at Webshops that sell electrical products. You can purchase a NAS from webshops such as Amazon.co.uk.

Other Backup Methods

Here are a few more options both online and offline:

Backup via USB Stick

One of the old and still effective methods is to use a USB stick, this is an easy method. Insert the USB stick into the computer or laptop and drag the files you want to save on the USB stick to the correct folder.

Backup from MAC Device

Go to System Preferences and then Time Machine and follow the instructions within the Time Machine application to backup your Mac.

Backup your Website

If you want to make a backup of your website, open the file manager via the web hosting company or via an FTP server. Copy all folders from the website to a folder on the hard disk or to a cloud storage provider.

Backup WhatsApp

WhatsApp can be backed up via the export functionality or via the backup function, these backups (outside the export) can only be saved with the operating system. So iCloud with iPhones and with Android to Google Drive.

How to start your career in digital and data?

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16 to 18-Year-olds

We offer a Traineeship programme providing you with a variety of skills and 3 weeks work experience, which boosts your CV and helps get you onto your dream career path.

It’s also a great way to try different industries to find out what you really enjoy and want to start a career in.

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19+ Years old

We offer free Skills Bootcamp courses for people aged 19+ living or working in the East Midlands. They’re a great way to develop your current digital skills, progress onto an apprenticeship and kickstart your dream career.

Here are some apprenticeships we offer in digital and data!

Apprenticeships

IT Solutions Technician

IT Solutions Technician

Develop, implement and maintain complete IT solutions such as networks, operating systems and applications.
Information Communication Technician

Information Communication Technician

Deliver efficient operation and control of the IT and/or Telecommunications infrastructure.
Digital Support Technician

Digital Support Technician

Maximise the effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software, digital communications.
Cyber Security Technician

Cyber Security Technician

To apply procedures and controls to maintain security and control of an organisation.
Data Technician

Data Technician

Source, format and present data securely in a relevant way for analysis.
Cyber Security Technologist

Cyber Security Technologist

Apply an understanding of cyber security to protect from attacks and unauthorised access.
Cyber Intrusion Analyst

Cyber Intrusion Analyst

Detect breaches in network security, understand alerts and inform incident response team about system breaches.
Data Analyst

Data Analyst

Develop skills to help with organisational transformation, managing data assets, techniques for managing data projects and debate data ethics.
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