Store an Extra Backup Offsite

No matter how many backups you have or how often you update them, they do you no good if they disappear along with your Mac—as they likely will in the case of theft, fire, or any other serious disaster. I urge everyone to take the precautionary step of keeping a second copy of their backups safely away from their Mac, preferably in another building altogether. You can do this with a second hard drive—or, more easily and economically, with a cloud backup service.

Which type(s) of backup should you store offsite? As you’ll recall, the main purpose of a bootable duplicate is to get you back up and running immediately after a disk failure or other crisis, and it can’t perform that function if it’s offsite. So, although ...

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