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Playing It Safe

What if all your computer data was wiped out in a day? Don't panic--it could never happen . . . or could it?

This story appears in the March 2000 issue of

Lately, a recurrent nightmare has ruined my sleep. But tonight I'll sleep well because I finally put those fears to rest. The nightmare: losing all my personal finance records, plus invoicing data, accounts receivable, and current work in progress. That would spell disaster. Of course, I've known for years that every home business should come up with an off-site scheme for storing critical information, but I never did anything about it because, really, what was to be done? Cart stuff every other day to a mammoth safe-deposit box at a bank? There just was no easy solution, so I suffered the anxiety accompanying the knowledge that, poof, my business could vaporize in a matter of a few mean minutes.

Picture this: All my financial records are kept in Quicken and, yep, I routinely back up the key files to a Zip drive. I also back up all the other critical files-receivables, work in progress-to a Zip disk. That's good as far as it goes, but what if a burglar breaks in and makes off with my computer? For sure, he'll also snag the Zip drive and disks, and where does that leave me?

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