Time Machine is a great way to back up your Mac.
But what happens when you’re away a lot, with your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? It means your computer can’t back up via Time Machine.
So it’s even more crucial that you have a cloud backup of your Mac. We recommend CrashPlan, but there are other services out there as well (Mozy, Carbonite).
If you have one of these services backing up your Mac, it means you’re backing up anytime you are on the internet. No matter where you are. Not just in the office or at home.
You wouldn’t want to lose all the hard work you did while you were on a business trip, would you?
Another CrashPlan backup tip:
CrashPlan backs up more slowly when you are using the Mac, and it backs up faster when you’re not using it. (This is on purpose, so that your computer isn’t slow and pinwheeling all the time.) So leave your Mac on overnight, on the internet, plugged in to power, and with the Energy Saver System Preference set to put the display to sleep but not the computer itself.
So while you’re sleeping, your Mac is backing up.
Image by Dennah Jones, from Flickr Creative Commons.