An Easy Free Method For Securing Your Backups
Backing up your Cashflow Manager files should be a routine activity, preferably every time you finish using the program. But where are you backing up to? You should be backing up to an external drive away from your computer.
This could be a USB flash drive, or an external hard drive. If you are storing your backups on the same computer that your Cashflow Manager software is installed on, it is not very safe. If your computer hard-drive fails, you lose everything, including your backups, so always backup to an external drive.
Here’s a tip to help keep your backup files even safer. Why not back them up to the cloud (Internet). There are several Internet based storage solutions that are completely free, like Dropbox, OneCloud and Google Drive. These providers give you a certain amount of storage space for free and then if you want more, you pay for it. The good news is that the backup files for Cashflow Manager are relatively small, so the free storage space is more than adequate for your needs.
When you have decided which provider you want to use, (let’s say Dropbox for example), follow their instructions to set it up on your computer. Then create a new folder inside your Dropbox account called Cashflow Manager Backups. That’s it for the first part. Next time you finish using Cashflow Manager, when you exit the program you will be asked if you want to back up your data. Click on “Yes”. On the next window that opens, click on the “Browse” button and navigate to Dropbox and then the Cashflow Manager Backups folder that you created. Then click “Save”. You will be returned to the previous window and all you have to do is click “Backup” to complete the process.
Next time you backup, Cashflow Manager will default to the Dropbox folder you created, so all you have to do is select “Yes” followed by “Backup” as you usually do.
The file that you stored in the Dropbox folder is automatically uploaded (or synchronised) to your personal secure Dropbox account on the Internet. What that means is that if your hard drive fails, or you buy a new computer, your backup files are safe and secure on the Internet for access at any time.
These Internet file storage solutions are also great ways of getting your files to your accountant. You only have to know your accountant’s email address and you can share your Dropbox folder or file with them. Your accountant will receive an email saying you want to share the Dropbox folder with them and when they accept the invitation they will be able to access the backup file you have saved.