RossEvans wrote:So thanks, but I still recommend robust local backups as a best practice.
Local is fine. MLS forces that. It's the off-site backup in the event of fire or theft. Maybe your area is different, but it's a very rare event in my area.
I mean local offsite, not local onsite. And no, MLS doesn't force anything but a backup to somewhere, typically on C:. Even the routine copy to the USB kept in the file cabinet requires affirmative clerk action.
It really is not much extra trouble to make that extra copy to another USB on the clerk's keychain. It takes about 30 seconds. I did it for years and never regretted it, even though I never needed to restore from it. I also have fire insurance at home, which I have never needed to use, but I am glad to have it even though fires are "rare events." The insurance doesn't cost that much, and neither does the USB. Making the sneakernet offsite copy is not perfect, unless all MLS users always do it. But even having a weekly copy is better than not having one.
In the Millennium, when they finally get HT/VT online at lds.org and MLS goes away, this issue will go away too. Meanwhile, back up often.