I backup everything that’s already backed up twice online and on a separate drive. Then I cull my cloud services. I never put anything out there I don’t want to share – like credit card numbers and passwords – but I make sure I haven’t put other personal information out there as well. Then I double check all my passwords to make sure there are no duplicates and I’ve changed all the financial ones once a month. All of this is a pain, but these steps, plus some other ones, make me a bit more secure.
I’ve asked myself two questions:
1. What would happen if the web went down? What would I absolutely have to have that’s on the internet and not on my local drive? Whatever answer that is, I pull it off the web and store it on my local drive. All my local drives are backed up, but in case of important information I back up to a flash drive.
2. What would happen if any of my cloud servers were hacked? (Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, Todois, Evernote, etc.) What information would the hacker discover about me that I don’t want him to know? Whatever the answer is, I pull that information off the web and put it on my local drive. Also, I use third party encryption to guarantee that my stuff on the cloud can’t easily be read if it’s borderline personal. (Nothing is completely safe.)
And, to complete my paranoia, I back up each of my four computers, both locally and in the cloud (with the above criteria).
With more and more hackers promising more and more problems, I think it’s a question of WHEN rather than IF your data is stolen or your accounts compromised. A little paranoia about the internet is a healthy thing.