I know for many of you my comments this week will seem like
a “broken record.”
If you understand the
analogy then the message is definitely for you.
If you have no idea what a “broken record” is or you think it is some
computer file corruption, you can just ask some over the age of 50.
The explosion in the use of smart phones, tablets and other
mobile devices has made many of us comfortable with using the “cloud” to store
our data. Rather than all of our files,
pictures, emails and other digital stuff being stores only on the device they
are “backed up” in the cloud and as a result are relatively secure. At the same time however for those who still
us a desk top or lap top computer, the importance of backing up our stuff is
still often overlooked.
As reliable and robust we might think these devices are, all
are only a power surge or hard drive crash away from disaster. Your tax forms,
banking information and priceless pictures of Aunt Esmeralda all can be lost
forever. A backup routine is absolutely a
necessity and can be accomplished easily and inexpensively.
The most inexpensive method but one that I don’t recommend is
to do weekly backups on an external Hard Drive or DVD. There are two reasons I don’t recommend this
method First, you will most likely keep the backup copies in the same room as
the computer thus fire, flood or other calamity will destroy the computer and
the backups. The second reason is that
you won’t have the discipline to do the backups.
The best way to make sure you are protected is to subscribe
to an online cloud based service. There are several. I use a service called Carbonite but there are many
other companies that have similar or the same services and features. You can google “Cloud Backup Services” to get
For an annual cost of about $60 your computer files are
automatically backed up and stored in the cloud. Once installed you don’t need to remember to
do a backup it is done whenever a file is created or changed. You can identify all files for backup or
only selected files. Once in the cloud
these files are available to you form any computer connected to the internet. Of course if your computer crashes all the
files can be retrieved and stored on the repaired or new replacement computer.
For those who have experience loss of important data backing
up becomes a high priority. For those
who have not had the problem it is not a case of “if” but only “when” this will
become your priority.
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