What kind of data should you be backing up?

Statistics says that from the all people who use internet, in the age of 17-76, just 9,5% of them are doing data backups regularly, 22,4 % are doing backups “from time to time” and 17% are not doing backups at all. The rest (~13%) says that it’s not a problem for them because they don’t keep any important data on their computers.

  If you’ve ever experienced computer crash just seconds before pressing “save” button, you understand how annoying losing your unsaved project could be. Now, think about losing all your important data – projects, family photos,documents – permanently.  Not nice, isn’t it?:)

What kind of data should you be backing up?

  • information/files relating to financial transactions
  • photos
  • purchased/downloaded media files from the Internet
  • purchased/downloaded software from the Internet
  • important projects
  • email contact list
  • browser bookmarks
  • databases

What can be done to prevent data loss?

1. Do not wait until it’s too late – get an external drive for data.

  External hard drives provide more capacity for less money compared to USB drives or DVD’s. They will also last longer.

2. Use the software to create backups.

Do not rely on manual backup methods – human memory is unreliable! Take advantage of special software, which will be make a copy for you. When you do a manual backup it is easy to make a mistake and miss something important. I’m using Acronis Backup and security. You can read more about this program HERE.

3. Keep the copies in different places … back up the backup!

  Consider doing two independent backups for the most important files, this will significantly reduce the risk of losing critical data. Your external hard drive can still be damaged or be stolen.

4. Use cloud services

  Cloud services are getting cheaper and cheaper. Keeping your data on internet hard drive will not only provide you a backup but also allows you to easy access your files from different devices. You can try SugarSync,Apple iCloud, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, SkyDrive or Google Drive. The choice is yours:)

5. Test your backup plan

  Software for backup will create a log of your backed up files. Make sure that everything is alright – maybe the system missed that one photo which is so important to you.

  There is a lot of threats for our data: hardware failures, theft, viruses and bugs in the software, natural disasters and accidents. NEVER store your files in one place, always have a backup.