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Backup your data before disaster strikes 

Deborah Salmi, 31 March 2016

Back up your data regularly to make sure you always have access to important documents, photos, and music, no matter what disaster strikes!

Today is World Backup Day, so now's the time to backup important files like family photos, videos, documents, and emails.

Murphy's Law states,

If anything can go wrong, it will.

That's why backing up your computer, smartphone, and other devices regularly is a good practice. I am not generally a pessimistic person, but Mr. Murphy has a point. There are several ways to lose data from your computer, smartphone, tablet, even your camera:

  • The hard drive could fail
  • The data can be corrupted
  • The device can be lost or stolen
  • There could be a fire or other devastating event
  • A virus could infect your computer and delete or corrupt your files or even hold the files for ransom

What data should I back up?

The answer is simple. Backup all the data that is important to you. It could be documents that you store on your computer, photos and music on your smartphone, and even web browser bookmarks or files on your desktop.

How do I backup my data?

Most people back up their files in one of two ways:
  1. Back it up to an external disk or drive
  2. Back it up to a third-party service on the internet like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud.

How frequently should I backup my data?

You should back your data up when you create new files or make changes to existing files that would be difficult to recreate. If you are able, then do it daily, which is optimal. But for most of us, at least every few days or once a week should be adequate.

Happy World Backup Day!