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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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World Backup Day - March 31

Don't be an April fool and prevent data loss.

Losing a device or file is a serious issue that users can experience. With backups – you can be confident that your files are safe and secure. Listed below are ways to take action and be proactive in the case of data loss. To have a robust backup solution, be aware of what devices (PC or Mobile) contain your important documents, what services are available to you, and how to maintain your backups.

Online back ups

  • Storing your backup in the cloud is a smart and long-term solution, and removes the risks that physical backups present. These risks can be from having your physical backup lost/stolen to physical damage or data corruption.
  • Accessing data from anywhere at any time is the largest benefit of cloud storage. Always be aware and monitor your account security and use while using cloud backups. 
  • The most well-known services where you can create a cloud backup are: Apple iCloud, OneDrive, and Google Cloud. These services offer free backup storage and paid for services for larger amounts.

External drives

Backups on external hard drives are still very common and while convenient – come with some risks. These risks include the device being lost/stolen, and the device being damaged or corrupted. If you use an external drive, store it safely and securely. An external drive is best used to supplement cloud-based storage/backups. There are multiple different external drive solutions but the most common are:

  • External Hard Disk Drives (HDD): Lower cost for higher storage, but slower when reading/writing data. They are also larger and prone to damage easily due to moving components in the device.
  • External Solid State Drives (SSD): Higher cost for smaller storage, but are much faster when reading/writing data. They are smaller and more durable than HDDs.

Backup on Windows

Microsoft provides documentation to quickly understand and get a backup up and running via Microsoft Account and External Drive. 

How to create a backup in Windows - Backup on Windows

Backup on Mac

Apple provides documentation on how to use their built-in backup solution “Time Machine” to back up your device to an external drive. They also provide documentation on how to back up to their proprietary service iCloud for online backups. 

How to create a backup on your Mac - Backup on Mac
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