Every year on the 31st March, the country celebrates World Back Up Day. As you can imagine, this is something that is not taken as seriously as St Patrick’s Day, but there are many reasons why it should be considered very important.
Here are some why you need to take part in World Backup Day:
Computer crashes – always happen when you least need it, and can lead to data loss.
Virus Infection – aggressive malicious viruses can corrupt files and disable computers.
Hard drive failure – hard drives have a finite lifetime and can fail suddenly and without warning. The sudden death of a hard drive can cause the painful loss of months or years of irreplaceable files and the timing can be catastrophic – if this happens close to a work or college deadline it could be a nightmare scenario.
Physical computer damage – your files are more at risk if you use a laptop. Light and portable comes at the price of reduced durability. Laptops are sensitive and are easily damaged if dropped or have drinks spilled over them.
Theft – computers are sought after by thieves and cannot always be kept secure whilst travelling.
The bottom line is that if you value what’s kept on your computer, it’s wise to take steps to protect your information from sudden loss. Work can be redone, but the loss of cherished files like family and travel photos is permanent.
How to Back Up
Many users regularly back up their files to their computer hard drive, but in the event of a total computer breakdown this will not protect the information. Saving data to a separate location makes far more sense, and can be easily done if you have an external hard drive, or a large-capacity pen drive to back up onto.
A safer and more effective method of securing files is online backup. Files stored online are safe from damage your computer, and if something goes wrong with your machine you will still have remote access to your information from any computer with internet access. This means files can be quickly and easily restored to your computer from a secure online server.
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