Backing Up Your Stuff Part 7: Where Is It #3?

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Now, regardless of whether you are using a separate drive, a partition or just a folder, dorepparttar following.

Create a subfolder called "Backups". Under that folder create some additional subfolders forrepparttar 132100 things you want to save. You might create "Stationary" for your outlook stationary and "Fonts" for your font files. For example, if you had a folder called "C:My Stuff" you would createrepparttar 132101 following:

C:My StuffBackups C:My StuffBackupsFonts C:My StuffBackupsStationary

Now use a program such as Second Copy to copyrepparttar 132102 files from your system fonts folder (remember it's usually called "C:WindowsFonts") to your own backup copy of Fonts. (If you don't want to purchase a program like Second Copy, you'll do these steps by hand or with some other backup package). Dorepparttar 132103 same forrepparttar 132104 stationary files.

Now, create some additional folders under your main folder. These are completely up to you, and should somehow organize your work. You might wind up with something likerepparttar 132105 example below:

C:My StuffHome C:My StuffHomeDownloads C:My StuffHomeGames C:My StuffHomeScripts C:My StuffWork C:My StuffWorkInventories C:My StuffWorkMemos C:My StuffWorkWork In Progress

Now, as you work, just be sure and save things inrepparttar 132106 proper folders. Oh yes, remember to move your old stuff intorepparttar 132107 new folders as well.

Now comesrepparttar 132108 important part. Use your backup program to create a backup. I personally like to set up Second Copy to back up everything from "C:My Stuff..." onto a writeable CD. I keeprepparttar 132109 same CD inrepparttar 132110 drive for a week or a month or whatever my backup cycle is (the amount of time before I change media).

I then tell Second Copy to do this copy from "C:My Stuff..." ontorepparttar 132111 writeable CD once every day. Second Copy is pretty smart and only makes a copy ofrepparttar 132112 files that have changed. Once a month or so, I removerepparttar 132113 CD and put it on a shelf, then insert and format a new CD. This ensures I can always go back if necessary.

The beauty of this backup method is that once it is set up it almost completely runs itself. Second Copy keeps making backups as long as there is something to write to inrepparttar 132114 writeable CD drive. All you need to do is occasionally removerepparttar 132115 CD, and insert and format another one.

The disadvantage of this method over a full backup is if you do have a complete disaster you have to completely rebuild your system and reinstall your applications.

To sum it all up:

- Choose a backup media such as writeable CD - Choose a backup product such as Second Copy - Ensure that you can rebuild your system at any time by keeping your original installation materials. - Create a folder for your stuff - Create a subfolder called Backup and subfolders under that for anything that you want to keep fromrepparttar 132116 system or applications area. - Set up Second Copy (or a similar program) to create back ups of those files. - Create subfolders in your stuff folder forrepparttar 132117 rest of your stuff - Set up your backup program to back up all of your stuff (includingrepparttar 132118 backups ofrepparttar 132119 system and application stuff) ontorepparttar 132120 writeable CD or other media. - Removerepparttar 132121 media occasionally and replace so you have a backup outside of your actual machine.

I know it sounds complicated, but believe me, it's a lot simpler than going throughrepparttar 132122 frustration of having no backup of your critical files.

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Virus Protection

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Scan your hard drive as often as possible - Use your virus scanning program to scan your hard drive for viruses on a regular basis. I've scheduled mine to scan every night while I sleep (the computer is not doing much else at that time, after all). This way any viruses that do slip through your defenses should be caught.

If you run Outlook, then download and installrepparttar Outlook Security patch (unless for some reason you want to use email scripting, which you probably only need if you are a developer). This will prevent you or anyone on your computer from accidentally opening an attachment which is actually a virus.

Install ZoneAlarm Pro - Not only is ZoneAlarm Pro an excellent firewall, it is also a virus scanner. It actually scans files as they arrive on your system and tags suspected viruses with a special file type. This will prevent you from accidentally opening an email attachment that is a virus.

Subscribe to several newsletters about viruses - It's important to become aware of viruses andrepparttar 132098 associated problems and risks. My recommendation is to subscribe torepparttar 132099 following newsletters. They are all free and even a quick glance at each one will help you become more aware of what's going on.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center Newsletter

McAfee.Com Dispatch

Trend Micro Virus Alerts

Additional Information

Backing Up Your stuff - Part 1 Backup may seem to be a pain, but it's one ofrepparttar 132100 most important things that you can do to protect your system.

Backing up your system is an essential part of your security scheme Backups are extremely critical to keep your system secure. If your system is damaged by a virus or an intruder you have a way to recover. Remember, however, that you must think through and test your scheme.

Outlook Security Patch If you run Outlook and you want to protect yourself, you should installrepparttar 132101 Outlook security patch.

Products - Norton Antivirus You need antivirus protection for your computer. Norton Antivirus is by far and awayrepparttar 132102 best solution forrepparttar 132103 desktop.

Products - ZoneAlarm Pro ZoneAlarm Pro is quite possiblyrepparttar 132104 best firewall product for personal home use that currently exists. Highly recommended.

Viruses The most important thing you can do to protect your system is install a virus checker (also known as an anti-virus program). These programs will scan your system for viruses and Trojan horses and delete or repair them. There are several products including those by McAfee and Norton (Symantec).

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