Why Data Back Up Should Be Included On Every Prepper’s List
We live in a day and age where our information and our documents are just something we consider when we need them. We don’t exactly stress out about our passport or birth certificate until we are suddenly inconvenienced by not being able to locate them before a trip to Cancun. For many of us, these files are kept in safe boxes on a “medium prepper” skill level. Often, someone in our family has convinced us that a few close to heart documents is something we should protect from things such as fire or floods. And that definitely the prepper website word to the wise.
But the fact is, protecting our personal files and necessary data is more complex in scope than most people, including preppers, give credit for. Keeping our files safe is tough work. And it exists on a multitude of facets. For many preppers, they hone their skills of local storage like sharks circling dead whale blubber. But I believe that the best prepper approach is to protect files in a multitude of ways. I also believe in protecting as many files as possible.
Preppers, Get To Scanning
Right now, if you asked people what documents they protect, you hear of roughly three: Passport, Birth Certificate, Social Security card. This is a logical start, no doubt, but it really is just gleaming the surface when it comes to prepper document protection.
What else should any qualified prepper look to back up? Oh, the list is long; the list is surprising.
- Driver’s license
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Family photos
- Children’s medical records
- Your medical records
- Dental records
- Webpages (think sites that contain info you use, such as Wikipedia)
- Family traditions
I know, for some of you, items on that list seem rather less than important. And maybe it doesn’t seem essential to list “movies” on your bug out bag list, but the fact is, if data is destroyed, it is gone forever. That probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, so allow me to give that a go again.
If the system fails, if the dollar crashes, if our power grid is attacked, your goal is to survive. But what happens after that? Well, life goes on. You might want access to that music again. You certainly would like for your grandchildren to see your old family pictures again. If a major hack occurs at Apple Music, wouldn’t you like to know that you have those files? Nothing is guaranteed, no matter what a cloud service provider tells you via marketing.
The Cloud | Prepper Foe or Friend?
Ah, the proverbial cloud. A technological advancement that most preppers seem rather defiant of. And I can understand why. A cloud system, such as the aforementioned Apple cloud, most certainly comes with a host of reservations in terms of file safety.
Hacking the cloud means nabbing all of our stored personal information. The cloud being “destroyed” by any number of reasonable cyber attacks could mean a complete loss of data and files. Plus, we always have that logical fear that big globalist corporations and the government are gaining much too much access to our personal lives. I get it.
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But let’s think this through, shall we? Most hackings of things such as documents and passwords are accomplished over WIFI networks in public areas. This means most “hackings” occur on personal laptop hard drives. So if you, for example, have your family photos stored on your laptop hard drive and on Apple’s cloud, the versions on your personal laptop are the most susceptible to loss. That’s just facts. Now, in most cases, the digital prepper is backing those files up to a hard drive that isn’t connected to public networks, but many are enabled to connect to private WIFI networks which remain easier to hack than Apple’s cloud.
Take a breath, I’m not saying the cloud is the end all way to prep your documents. I’m saying that some preppers have an unrealistic fear of the cloud.
I use two main cloud services. My music and movies and many photos sit on Apple’s cloud. I use Lastpass password services to store digital passwords and some hard ones (like to a safe).
There is no pure way to win this dilemma. If I write down my safe’s password, a fire could leave me in ruins with a safe that’s not accessible. If I store it in memory, I’m one head shot away from not being able to get to my Revolver.
What it comes down to is, how safe are cloud services?
According to Dave Kosmayer, the CEO of a Bookmark Website Builder company, the cloud is nothing to fear. “As it stands, cloud systems, in concern with the largest infrastructures, have not had any damaging hacks occur. Most common and nefarious hacks occur on peoples’ personal hard drives and smartphones. Companies such as Apple and Google have systems that are always monitored and ever-changing. You certainly aren’t always monitoring your iPhone while shopping playing an app game on a cafe’s public WIFI. Nothing is full-proof, but cloud systems have way more upside
And Kosmayer has a point. A Gmail phishing scheme last May affected 1 million Google users. Protection, as usual, and as per the prepper mantra, always should begin at home first. Nothing is full-proof, but cloud systems have way more upside with respect to consumer data protection than they do downside.”
The fact is, clouds are safe. If you find yourself in a traditional prepper situation, such as a storm taking out your power or a fire taking down your home, the cloud will be a life saver for documents and passwords. I wouldn’t store my BC or super personal documents on the cloud, but photos and passwords and safe passwords, I would definitely consider it.
Prepper Hard Drive
Ah, now we are more comfortable in the prepper’s zone. Backing up your files and documents on a hard drive just makes sense. And some hard drives are small and compact enough to carry with you in a bug out bag.
Here’s the thing though, if an EMP attack occurs, there are no guarantees that your hard drives make it through it uncorrupted (as I said earlier, nothing is 100% the solution). Because of this, my recommendation is to use a variety of the methods covered above.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.