My Backup Strategy using Synology NAS


How many of you think that backing your data (e.g. pictures on mobile phone, documents on laptop) to your Network Attached Storage (NAS) is sufficient to protect you against unexpected data loss? Do you protect yourself against unexpected data loss on your NAS? My recent data loss experience prompted me to review my home’s backup strategy and here it is.


Contents to be backed up

My current backup strategy uses Synology NAS’s capabilities to backup the contents on my family members’ mobile phones and computers. The contents that I am backing up are:

Device Contents to be backed up
Mobile phone Photos, Documents (e.g. created contents)
Computer Documents (e.g. created contents)

This gave me the assurance that we will still have our data (somewhere) if something undesirable were to happen to our devices. For example, misplaced devices or device failure. It also allow us to virtually expand the storage capacity of our devices by tapping on the “cloud” storage offered by the NAS. Essentially, aged data are (manually) pruned while still retaining a copy on the NAS.

Data on the NAS are in turn backed up to Cloud providers (with transport and data encryption). So basically, data on my devices are backed up to both my home (on-site) Synology NAS and Cloud (off-site).

These backups happen automatically without users’ intervention. So let me share the apps that I am using.


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