You can prevent the loss of files if your computer is infected by malware by backing up your work regularly. Back up your files by:

  • using online backup and file-sharing services which store your data online and are accessible from any internet connection
  • saving to storage devices such as external hard drives or USB drives - some will include backup software, or have controls that trigger a backup to run
  • burning your data to CDs or DVDs. This is a cheap method but be aware that CDs and DVDs deteriorate over time and become unreliable data storage media after about twelve months.

Staff should comply with departmental backup policies. Since these can vary depending on requirements, contact your departmental IT support staff for information specific to you.

For more information about backing up your files, contact ITS by email on its.servicedesk@otago.ac.nz or calling 64 3 479 8888 or 0800 479 888.

Last updated 15/03/2018 11.46 AM
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