Updating WordPress overwriting customization tweaks – strategies?

Twice now I’ve updated wordpress, only to realise that (facepalm) it overwrites some changes I’ve made to the custom template – to sidebar or something similar.

Obviously I don’t HAVE to update, but it’s better to for add-ons etc, and I like having the latest products and bug fixes.

What are other people’s strategies for straightforward updates to wordpress without losing custom modifications to the default template?

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Very simple : if you use the default template, rename it folder name and css file declaration) and it won’t be updated.

If you want the updates (for instance the Twenty One is often updated), create a child theme.

Infos here : http://codex.wordpress.org/Child_Themes

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