Backups are good – but don’t forget to check your backups work [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

You hear people talking about the importance of making backups all the time. Chances are that data is the life blood of your company – if your data goes down the pan, it could be curtains for your business.

And that’s why you want to have backups of your data.

But if the worse happens, and you lose your data, a backup isn’t going to be any help at all if you find you can’t restore from it, or if the backup is corrupted.

This truth is underlined quite delightfully in this video about how Pixar’s fantastic movie “Toy Story 2” was nearly flushed down the toilet due to not checking that the backups were working properly.

For those who are interested, it appears that the backup software being used by Pixar at the time was…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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