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Have you backed up your data recently?

by Brian Cody

Phones break, tablets get stolen, laptops get taken over by viruses that corrupt files and computers just die a natural death.  No matter how fancy or pricey your equipment is, there are some elements that are bound to overpower it. What have you lost? Data? Money? Memories? Is there a price tag you put on what was lost?

As a part of good cyber habits, make backing up an important part of your digital life. Here are a few top reasons why backing up your devices is one of the most important things one can do to live a safe digital life:

  • Hard drives fail

  • Electrical power outages corrupt files

  • Viruses wipe data

  • Ransomware attacks happen

  • Theft, physical damage to the device and accidental formatting of device.

What data should you backup?

With the amount of information shared across different channels and devices, it is important to identify what information to back up and what has to be deleted.

Depending on what you do, the list can vary from storing copies of your passport, to life hacks downloaded over a period of several years.

In general it is better to backup files and folders that see most traffic. Here is a basic list of the most common files to back up.

  • Documents

  • Emails

  • Music

  • Pictures

  • Videos

Remember to ask yourself what would happen if you lost this data. Even if you think you may not use it someday, it’s better to back it up.

What are the options for backing up?

Depending on the amount and type of information being stored, there are various types of backup services and devices available.

Cloud storage

Backing up in cloud storage has many advantages. You only pay for the storage you use. The maintenance of storage is taken care of by the service provider. It also uses less space and is the greener option. The data you want stored is encrypted and transferred to a high security data centre. All files are fully backed up with no user intervention. The files are easy to access from any location. In case of a natural disaster like a fire or a flood, all your data is safely stored remotely.

External hard drives

These are physical devices that store all your information. The latest models of external hard drives come with variable storage and have exceptional features like high-speed access to files and excellent warranties. Some of these hard drives are designed beautifully and go well with the décor of your office.

When should you backup?

Now. Now is a good time to backup. You never know when you may lose your files. Practically, it’s better to backup files on a daily basis. One of the advantages of online backup solutions is that they are configured to immediately sync files as they are saved.
Remember to follow safe digital practices like updating your operating system and using strong passwords.

Always protect your devices with a reliable Internet security suite like Norton Security Premium, which comes with comprehensive protection and backup for all your files.

Cyber safety starts with you. Stay in control of your digital life and learn more about staying secure online.

This entry was posted on Mon May 15, 2017 filed under family security , online safety and online security

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