Covid-19, and the subsequent lockdowns, has proven just how data-dependent we are. Millions of people are now working from home and if it wasn't for the internet and data, economies the world over would crash spectacularly.
Data allows us to withdraw cash from ATMs, make remote payments and buy things in shops even as high streets are shuttered up. We can remotely communicate with friends, families, and colleagues and keep things ticking as the world limps along.
Of course, we don't think of data as enabling us to work from home, it's all about the internet and broadband speeds but without data where we would be now? We'd be in a world of filing cabinets, mountains of paper, clickety-clack typewriters, and clipboards.
As such the current situation drives home the importance of this week’s World Backup Day, the 31st March.
Your data is more valuable than your smartphone, laptop, and Mac
Believe it or not, hardware is cheap compared to your files. Lose your smartphone or laptop and you can replace them. Lose your data and you’re in trouble if it’s not backed up.
Think of all those tunes, videos, films, contact numbers, letters, photos, work, research, work projects and anything else you hold valuable – they’re all gone.
Maybe you can put a financial value on them; perhaps you’ve spent lots of money on music and videos, perhaps you’ve spent endless hours on work and personal projects, maybe you’ve been gathering photos over the years?
It’s hard to put a price on these personal, and often precious, things.
What do you do?
You back everything up that you hold valuable and don’t want to lose.
It’s a simple thing to do. You're making a second copy of everything that would result in a lot of weeping and wailing if you lost it.
If something happens to the original files you can restore the backups to your computer, smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Why should you back up?
There are some very common situations in which people lose their data. Your smartphone is lost or stolen, a hard drive crashes, you leave a laptop on a train, plane or bus, your device is infected with malware that locks up your files or you accidentally delete important files.
Simply put a backup refers to any piece of data that exists in two places. It’s essentially a recovery plan and as such it’s common to keep backups offsite such as in the cloud or at the very least on an external or storage device.
Using a cloud backup service is the easiest, most economical and most effective way of keeping your important data safe.
BullGuard Premium Protection and BullGuard Internet Security both have integrated cloud backup for DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive, and external storage such as standalone hard drive or USB.
You simply create a profile then decide what you want to back up, where you want to back it up and when. It's as simple as that. And all your invaluable data is safe. What better than that on World Backup Day to make a plan for backing up your data?