Making duplicate copies of your most important information keeps it safe if anything goes wrong with your computer or network that would corrupt your data. Losing this information can cause the agonizing loss of months or years of irreplaceable photos, files, music, videos, documents and other information, and the timing can be catastrophic. If this happens close to a school or workplace deadline, the loss could be horrendous.
There are numerous ways data can be lost unexpectedly.
- Virus Infection. Malicious viruses can corrupt files and disable computers.
- Ransomware. This is a type of malware that encrypts your data and the criminal then requires payment to get your data back.
- Hard drive death. All hard drives will eventually fail. They can also fail suddenly, without warning.
- Corruption of the filesystem on the hard drive. There are many ways Windows and Mac filesystems can become corrupted. This can prevent you from getting to your data.
- Computer crashes. It happens when you least want it and it can lead to data loss.
- Laptop Damage. Laptops are sensitive and are easily damaged if dropped or have liquids, like coffee, spilled on them. This is one of the most common causes of data loss.
- Theft. Laptops are sought after by thieves and cannot always be kept secure when travelling.
Ultimately, if you value the information on your computer, take steps to protect your information from sudden loss. Work can be redone, but the loss of photos and other media is permanent.
Where to back it up to?
Saving data to a location separate from your computer makes good sense, and can be easily done if you have an external hard drive. FYI-We do not recommend using thumb drives to back up data.
However, using this method leaves your external drive exposed to the same dangers of electrical surges, floods and fires as the computer. In addition, despite your best intentions, you may forget to copy your files as often as you should, leaving a large amount of recent work unprotected.
A safer method of securing files is using a remote online backup service. When files are stored online they are safe from damage your computer or home, and if something goes wrong with your computer you will still have remote access to your information from any computer with internet access. This means files can be quickly and easily restored to your computer from a secure online server.
Don’t risk losing your data. Having a data backup service does not guarantee your data is safe.
Slow upload times, computer problems, ISP timeouts and other unexpected problems can ruin your efforts to backup your data.
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