Best Practice: Use a good desktop backup utility to minimize the risk of losing crucial data in the event of hardware failure or loss

A desktop backup solution is a best practice for avoiding desktop or laptop data loss. A good solution will protect against file deletion, hardware failure, theft of the device, or natural disaster.

The backup should never be physically stored in the same location as the device itself. The offsite backup location should be at least several miles from the original data source.

The backup location should be a trusted, secure facility. A good solution should encrypt the data in transit to the backup location, and at rest at the backup location.

The backup routine should run automatically on a regular schedule, in order to capture the changes in files. A good solution should keep track of file versions and allow restoration of previous versions.