Happy World Backup Day everyone!
Yes, it’s a real holiday…and for good reason! Find out why, below, with this quick list regarding backing up your data.
Why do I need to backup files on my computer?
Even if you just log on here and there, your computer still holds plenty of important files for you when you need them. Having copies of these files stored in a separate location prevents them from being lost or stolen in the event something serious happens to your computer.
What kinds of files need backing up?
For me, the documents folder is my first priority simply because I would hate to have to redo all the work I’ve saved there. Next is all the photos and videos I have of vacations, friends, and family. Those are irreplaceable. And don’t forget desktop email – your emails may be stored on your computer and you probably don’t want to lose those.
What kinds of things can cause my files to be lost or stolen?
Random computer crashes, viruses, hard drive failure, physical computer damage, and theft can all put personal files in jeopardy. This is why it’s so important to perform a backup regularly in order to be able to sleep soundly knowing you’re protected.
How regularly should I be backing up?
Things like viruses and hard drive failure are often unpredictable, so daily is best. There are ways to have backups run automatically, so they require no action by you at all! Otherwise, the frequency should be based on however much data you’re willing to lose if something goes wrong. For some people this means daily, for some, monthly.
If you’re unsure about the safety of your files, how to begin the backup process, or have any general questions feel free to reply to this email or give me a call. I’ll be glad to help.