I'm an old computer geek.
I have seen people that ran businesses and had "zero" backups of their data and lose their only server. Zero backups. The point I want to make is
people lose their data all the time because it becomes inaccessible. Far more from bad luck than a hacker. Backups are just a hassle.
But let me help you with that. Your data comes in a few parts.
1. The Operating system you access your data from
2. The documents and files that are your data
3. The programs install on your OS.
1. Number one can easily be taken care of with a free program. I have often used "Macrium Reflect" to backup the OS partition. You can backup your OS
partition while you work on it. I'm lazy and don't back up that often. Maybe once every six months and I keep a backup history of around 3 of them.
But if my drive ever dies I can restore the OS from an image MUCH quicker than I can reinstall said OS via install and patching.
2. I use Veracrypt to store my files in encrypted files that become volumes (you can also encrypt volumes or the OS if you wished). You have to mount
the encrypted file as a drive letter in Windows. Instead of worrying about backing up select files I just copy that 25 gigabyte file and like the OS I
keep several dated dated files scattered around, just in case. If somebody steals one what do I care because it has a very high level of encryption on
it. Good luck. Real hard to backup a single file every couple months or so.
3. For the programs I have mostly switched to "Portable apps". I keep these on encrypted veracrypt volumes also. Things like equipment credentials in
there. There again, who cares if somebody gets hold of it with my long complex password protecting it. Most of my needs can be satisfied by portable
apps (LibreOffice vs MSOffice, Gimp vs Adobe Photoshop, etc). If I need an installed program, it just gets backed up with the OS partition.
I would lament my beloved computer if it died. I built it with great care and 30+ years of computer wisdom. I will not worry one iota about my data
though. If it became compromised I'd grump at having to restore the image. But having data irreproachably gone ain't gonna happen.
For the truly creative you can use virtualbox on your workstation and have your whole OS, programs and files stored in one file and you can back that
up. Guess what, I encrypt these also. Not hard. If somebody steals it I do not care. It's not hard to backup one file every now and then.
edit on 6-3-2017 by Apollumi because: (no reason given)