Do you give much thought to backing up your important files and documents on your computer? If not, you should. What would you do if those valuable photos you treasure are lost if your hard drive suddenly dies? What if your laptop or iPad gets stolen or hacked? Have you thought about how you would handle these types of situations?
One easy solution is to find a way to back up all of your data. This includes business files, personal documents, important emails, address books, photos and more.
One backup service that you may already have is Google Drive. You can upload your documents and photos here and they will always be available to you. If your computer crashes, then once you log back into your Google account, your data will be waiting for you. Just create a Google Account to get access to this feature.
The same applies to One Drive, which comes installed on your Windows 8 computers. If you use Microsoft Office your space increases to 1TB (1000 GB). Many internet service providers also offer some type of storage space and backup ability for your data.
There are plenty of online services that will perform a complete backup of your computer on a regular basis. Some of the most popular ones are Carbonite and Mozy. Many of them offer a free trial as well.
Each service has different plans to accommodate your needs. This includes how much backup space you need and how many computers you want to use it on. There are family plans, business plans and backup plans for servers.
The advantage of using this type of service is that you can access your data regardless of your location. If you go on a business trip and suddenly need access to a file, simply log in to your account and download the file.
Storing your data off of your computer also keeps your hard drive running more smoothly and efficiently.
Other ways to back up your data include saving your files, photos and music to an external hard drive or to a USB stick. Some people like to use these methods in addition to using an online backup service.
To decide what you need, take a look at what types of data you have on your computer. Is it just family related or do you run a business? The more important your data is to you, the higher the level of backup you should select.