We’ve seen a few situations lately where people are backing data up to an external disc. Usually that disc is left plugged in to the computer for convenience. And often, the backups are done manually, when they happen to remember to do it.

Unfortunately if you’re doing any of this, you might as well not bother.

Backups are designed to protect against disaster data loss. This can take many forms – here’s several:

  • The hard disc on your PC or laptop fails
  • The content on your computer is hit by ransomware
  • Your PC or laptop is stolen
  • Your PC or laptop gets dropped
  • You accidentally delete something important
  • A disaster damages or destroys your PC (liquid spill, fire, flood, impact damage, power spike)

Unfortunately the above example of an external disc attached to your PC only protects against one or two items on that list. The rest of them will likely destroy the backup too – ransomware will encrypt anytihng attached to the PC, a fire or flood will destroy the backup too, if you keep your backup disc in the same bag as your laptop and it’s stolen, they stole your backup too.

For backups to be effective, they need to be all of the following:

  • They must be stored on a completely different site to your data
  • They need to be well separated from events affecting your PC or laptop
  • There need to be multiple backups spaning a decent length of time
  • There must be multiple copies of them
Picture of laptop with external disc - this is not enough to properly back up your data

A laptop with external disc – this is not enough to properly back up your data, in a disaster, you’re likely to lose both

This is nearly impossible to do manually. And if you achieve it, you’re probably spending more time backing up your data than actually using it. Automation is critical.

Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive all synchronise your data, and protect from a few more of the above scenarios, but what they¬†don’t do is keep multiple time-based snapshots to protect against both malice and accidents that aren’t noticed straight away.

SiriusCloud is both a sync and backup solution that protects against all of the above. It does two big jobs in one: like most cloud storage services, it synchronises your data between your devices and our cloud (especially handy if you have more than one device). But what sets SiriusCloud apart is what happens to the cloud copy of your data.

We back it up. Then we back it up some more. Then once we’ve done that, we back up the backups. Then we keep those backups for a year.

SiriusCloud provides version control so you can restore deleted files, and restore older versions of changed files. But behind the scenes, we then back up all those states to separate containers. And then we copy those backups to specialised fireproof floodproof disaster recovery discs.

By the time all these backups have happened, we have safely stowed away¬†ten copies of your data, eight of them as it existed in multiple points in time, to multiple locations – so you can be assured that once your files get our little green tick showing on them, they’re in safe hands.