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Backing Up

Make backups.

No matter how careful you are, how much money you sink into your machine, or who you contract to keep it up and running, bad things happen. Despite being thoroughly acquainted with all of the pages on this website, something can sneak through your defenses. Also, all hardware will eventually fail, and having another copy of your important documents can avoid some nasty consequences.

There are a good number of software solutions that will back up everything on your machine, and if you work in an office, people at your department may have implemented something that does it for you. Even if this isn't an option for you, simply burning the very important things on a CD-R every so often and keeping it in a safe place will mitigate most catastrophes.


Windows Backup Basics from Microsoft

Windows XP Backup Made Easy

Apple .Mac Backup for OS X


To reach this page quickly in the future, use the keyword backups.



Reporting Security Problems

Send reports of security incidents, attacks, or questions to security@columbia.edu