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Should you back up your content to Dropbox?

Should you back up your content to Dropbox?

qapnguyen
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I wanted to ask as long time Dropbox user. Is it advisable to back up Dropbox or nothing to worry about?

 

i.e. I've read of a story where someone's dropbox client crashed years ago then losing some photos.

 

I've thought about using additional backup service that covers Dropbox folder.

 

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Re: Should you back up Dropbox

Rich
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@qapnguyen wrote:

I wanted to ask as long time Dropbox user. Is it advisable to back up Dropbox or nothing to worry about?


How important is your data? If it's not important, then neither are backups. If it's important to you, then do you really want to trust that nothing can happen, ever? And this goes for any service; not just Dropbox. While Dropbox provides 30 days of recovery, what happens if you don't notice a file missing for a lot time, or you're hit with ransomware, or... or... things happen.

 

When it comes to your important data, it's best to follow the 3-2-1 rule for backups. Three copies of your data, stored on two different types of media, with one of those stored in a different location.

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Re: Should you back up Dropbox

Rich
Super User II

@qapnguyen wrote:

I wanted to ask as long time Dropbox user. Is it advisable to back up Dropbox or nothing to worry about?


How important is your data? If it's not important, then neither are backups. If it's important to you, then do you really want to trust that nothing can happen, ever? And this goes for any service; not just Dropbox. While Dropbox provides 30 days of recovery, what happens if you don't notice a file missing for a lot time, or you're hit with ransomware, or... or... things happen.

 

When it comes to your important data, it's best to follow the 3-2-1 rule for backups. Three copies of your data, stored on two different types of media, with one of those stored in a different location.

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