Did you make a backup, last night? Last week? Last month? How long since your last backup? If your computer crashes today, will your data be saved? If it crashes now, how would you react? Backups are usually the last thought of your day and the first problem of your despair.
Deploying a safe backup strategy it’s very, very simple: you just need an external disk to connect to your computer, and that’s it. You can manually transfer your files from your PC to the external storage unit, repeat this operation every day, or every week or once a month, and you can rest assured that your digital life will be safe.
But perhaps you can transform this chore in an afterthought and use some backup software, which can automate your backups and operate independently from your presence. Every backup software in the industry let you set up once and never care any longer, except if your storage disk runs out of space.
Depending then on your needs and wishes, you can choose your backup solution according to specific features, like encrypted backups (many software guarantee you that your data will be protected), versioning (which means keep different versions of your files, letting you recover that particular file you blindly deleted three days ago), differential or incremental (although some software actually do both, depending on the situation). You may also consider a cloning software, which can indeed let you restart your computer from another machine, in case your internal hard drive fails for good.
Until some years ago, you’d better have a hard disk and a CD/DVD backup; but there are some real good online backup services that you can trust. We suggest you to implement a double strategy: a local backup, on an external disk on your desk (or office, or home), and a remote backup. So you can rest assured that you have multiple copies of your files, and although if you have to restore from an online backup you could very well be constrained by bandwidth, you have another copy if your home or office is damaged.
And last, but not least: maybe you don’t have to buy some expensive software (given that maybe they’re worth their money), perhaps you can just enjoy your operating system default backup software: on Windows it’s Backup and Restore, on OS X it’s Time Machine. They both are included with your computer (depending on the platform), and they both can defend you against the most common data loss scenario.
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