If you've ever been in a situation in which you've almost completed an important project, only to have your computer spontaneously crash seconds before hitting the "save" button, you understand how frustrating losing your data can be.
Now, imagine losing all your important files - everything from business files, to family photos, to your tax returns - permanently. Although many of us prefer to adhere to the mantra of "it'll never happen to me", the truth is, it could. And as computers continue to become the principle way in which many people conduct important transactions, this type of thinking is becoming increasingly risky.
What's worse, the modern computer is ever more vulnerable to the imminent threats multiplying on the Internet - everything from adware, to spyware, to viruses.
Do I Need to Backup All of my Computer Data?
The short answer to this question is no, you do not need to back up all of the files on your computer. However, there are certain files you should definitely backup, so that in the event your computer decides it's time is up, you won't be at a total loss.
So just what files should you be backing up? Although the choice is ultimately a personal one, here are some suggestions:
Information and files relating to banking or other financial transactions
Purchased/downloaded music from the Internet
Purchased/downloaded software from the Internet
Important work/school projects
Email files and contact list
Internet browser bookmarks
As a general rule, there's no need to backup entire programs, as in the event that they are deleted, you can simply reinstall them with original software. For this reason, it's important to keep a copy of your operating system on hand. Some programs like accounting software, for example, come with the option to create a backup file of all your information saved on them, read your user manual about it.
Where to place the backup?
There are many ways to backup data on your computer - the least effective of which (for obvious reasons) is having the only backup location on your actual hard drive. Instead, use external hardware such as an external hard drive, CDs, DVDs, memory stick or pendrive.
Online backup is another option. This requires the use of an Internet-based data backup storage service.
How Often Should I Backup My Data?
As a general rule, people who use their computer occasionally (5 hours/week or less) should be backing up their data on at least a weekly basis. If you use your computer more frequently, however (more than 10 hours/week), doing it daily is probably a good idea. Another variable is the type of data you store on your computer. Obviously, the important it is to you, the more important backing it up becomes.
Although our work, family, and social obligations often fill our days, the excuse of not having sufficient time to backup your computer is simply not a worthy one. With the backup software currently available, it has never been easier or faster to ensure your files are safe and secure.
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