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Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters 86

Posted by timothy
from the I-prepare-for-unsurvivable dept.
CowboyRobot writes "The National Weather Service has begun testing the way it labels natural disasters. It's hoping that the new warnings, which include words like 'catastrophic,' 'complete devastation likely,' and 'unsurvivable,' will make people more likely to take action to save their lives. But what about their digital lives? Recommendations include: Keep all electronics out of basements and off the floor; Unplug your hardware; Buy a surge protector; Enclose anything valuable in plastic. If the National Weather Service issued a 'complete devastation' warning today, would your data be ready?"
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Data Safety In a Time of Natural Disasters

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  • Re:Mutual backup. (Score:4, Informative)

    by SpzToid (869795) on Saturday April 07, 2012 @05:19AM (#39605297)

    I understand you might be TooMuchToDo for a reason, so let me show you how few lines are required to set up SparkleShare.

    ON THE SERVER:
    git init --bare EXAMPLE.git

    DO THISLOCALLY FROM Sparkleshare, attach to account:
    field 1:
    ssh://you@example.com:12345

    field 2: /home/you/EXAMPLE.git

    NOTES: 12345 = your random SSH port
    It helps to know a little about GIT and bash (terminal) commands.
    Tested using Ubuntu, I used terms like 'field 2' because I am too lazy to actually consult the SparkleShare GUI which looks a lot like dropbox and is just as easy to use in real-life. Some folks also have more data than they can afford using Dropbox, and multi-terrabyte disks are relatively cheap.
    Happy Saturday morning.

  • Re:Mutual backup. (Score:3, Informative)

    by loyukfai (837795) on Saturday April 07, 2012 @05:34AM (#39605341)

    Crashplan does this (backup to your friends/family members) automatically for free . Paid version include better encryption and/or backup to their "cloud".

    FWIW, the software is closed source though.

    Cheers.

  • Re:Clouds (Score:4, Informative)

    by hawkinspeter (831501) on Saturday April 07, 2012 @06:36AM (#39605541)
    I wouldn't assume that unless you've specifically paid for it. Amazon will charge extra if you want to ensure that your data is replicated onto different continents.

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