Backing Up Your Devices

In a world where computers keep getting smaller and more portable, and our professional and personal information is increasingly being stored on tiny devices, one small event is all it takes to cause a huge loss of data. Whether your hard drive fails, your computer is lost or stolen, a virus attacks, or some other loss or damage occurs, once is enough.  

Per Stanford's minimum security standards, Stanford data on any endpoint device (computer, phone, etc) must be backed up at least once a day – backup data should be encrypted at rest and in transit.  

The School of Medicine's Code42 (formerly CrashPlan) service is not required, but is highly recommended — it's encrypted, it's automatic, and it's free of charge for School of Medicine affiliates. A full backup prior to encryption guards against data loss in the event of a failure during the encryption process. Backups also support investigations in cases when a computer is lost or stolen.

Why not?

But I'm too busy to back up my computer!

Backup solutions keep getting easier; some just require you to plug in a drive, or install a software program. And think of how much time it would take to recreate ALL your data. Isn't backing up now a better solution?

But my computer never crashes!

Just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it never will. One crash is all it takes to destroy years of data or research.

But I don't know how!

For assistance, call the TDS Service Desk at 650-725-8000 (M-F 7a-6p) OR