019 How to Protect your Online Business from Disaster

Leslie Samuel Blogging, Podcasts 5 Comments

On Friday, I had a terrible experience. My hard drive Crashed and I lost a lot of important stuff (especially videos).

I’ve been working on a number of things behind the scenes and a majority of my recent work is all GONE.

So, in this episode, I decide to address ways of protecting your Online Business from encountering the kind of problems that I’m dealing with now.

But before getting to that, I deal with a comment from John from AskJohnEnglish.com. John gives his opinion on why we shouldn’t rely on any one source (i.e. Google) for traffic, or income.

I firmly agree with what John has to say. I give a few stories about my experiences with relying on one traffic source.

John and I also share our experiences with being banned from Google Adsense (seemingly for life). It’s a very interesting story, so make sure to listen in.

For protecting your Online Business, here are the resources I recommend:
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  • Evernote: This is the program I use for all of my documents. Instead of just using Microsoft Word, I write it into Evernote, and that syncs my documents on all of my Computers (Macs and PC) and my iPhone.
  • Google Docs: Google docs is another one I use for documents, especially documents that I need to share with others (i.e. my outsourcers). Everything is stored on the Google Servers, which allows you to access it from anywhere.
  • Lastpass and 1 Password: I personally use Lastpass to generate and manage all of my passwords for all of the different websites I use. No longer do I memorize passwords. They are encrypted and stored on the lastpass server. 1 Password is similar to lasspass, but allows you to store your passwords locally (on your computer).
  • Online Backup systems – Carbonite, Sugarsync, Crashplan: These are programs that allow you to backup your computer online. I’ve been using Sugarsync, but they only allow you to backup a certain amount of data. I’ve just recently started looking into Carbonite and Crashplan, as they allow you to backup an unlimited amount of data. I finally decided to go with Crashplan, because they also allow you to backup your computers on other computers, external hard drives AND they can send you a hard drive to store your stuff on and send back to them to jump start your initial backup. Those points convinced me to go with crashplan.
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Hopefully these resources will make it so that you never run into the problem I ran into this weekend, because it CAN be quite devastating.

Comments? Questions? Call into the Hotline at (888) 835 – 2414 and leave a message. I’ll be sure to deal with your comment/question on the show. Or, you can leave your comment below.

Take care, and God Bless!

– Leslie Samuel

  • http://www.psychologynoteshq.com Alexandra

    Great show, @TheFreebieGuy:disqus ! I’m a long time user of Evernote and use it daily. I, too, use it to write my blog posts. I also use Lastpass and like it a lot… it had a problem a few days ago though. I’ve used Google Docs before but found it just ok. I’ll probably give it another try. I uninstalled Sugarsync from my Mac a while ago as I realized that it was sucking up all the resources of my computer. It was constantly using 60-70% of CPU which was crazy. I don’t think I’ll use it again. I like Dropbox. I currently back up most of my files on external hard drives. I even back up some important files twice (I’m paranoid, I know!) I also looked into Crashplan and Backblaze… can’t really decide which one is better. Please let us know your experience with Crashplan. Take care.

    • http://www.becomeablogger.com Leslie Samuel

      Interesting. I haven’t had those problems with Sugarsync. It worked in the background and didn’t affect my computer. But, I still think Crashplan and Backblaze would be better. I will definitely let you guys know how crashplan works for me.

      In terms of Google docs, I use it mostly when collaborating with others. It works very well for that.

  • http://www.wasimismail.com Wasim Ismail

    for sharing the backup tips, I recently just bought a new hard drive, I might
    return it and go for carbonite now.

  • http://www.becomeablogger.com Leslie Samuel

    I wouldn’t return it. It’s still good to have a physical backup and external hard drives come in handy for that.

  • http://www.wasimismail.com Wasim Ismail

    Thanks mate