Backing Up Your Computer

Backing up your computer is one of the most important elements of computer security strategy, and the best way to protect your data against cyber criminals and intruders.

When your computer gets hacked, you will either lose your data, or you can no longer trust it. Having a way to restore your data from backups is the most valuable computer protection you can have.

Backing Up Your Computer

The more obstacles you put in front of computer criminals - antivirus software, secure network, excellent passwords, secure web browser - the safer your computer will be.

But even with all the computer protection in place, it is still possible that your computer will be broken into. Backing up your computer - to always have a copy of your data - is the best way to protect it.

There are a few backup strategies you should consider. Pick the one that works the best for you.

Why Is Backing Up Your Computer Important?

There are many ways to lose your data. Your computer can:

  • Get infected by a virus, malware or ransomware
  • Get broken into by a cyber criminal
  • Have a hardware failure
  • Get lost or stolen
  • Get hit by a natural disaster (fire, flood, earthquake, kids)

Or you could accidentally delete a file, photo or video.

You probably have different types of data:

  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Projects
  • Raw data files

All your data is on your computer. If anything happens to your computer, you will lose all your data.

Backing up your computer is the only way to prevent data loss.

Your data is your most valuable digital asset. Back it up before you lose it.

We are often not concerned about something until it happens to us. Daily news are full of examples of accidents that could have been prevented if people only listened and cared.

When you write to your local government representatives to put a stop light at an intersection that looks dangerous, they may not consider it a high priority. Yet when there is an accident and people get hurt, they will put up a stop light the next day.

For everything we do in life, we constantly consider its risks and rewards. Some situations are easier to judge than the others.

When it comes to losing your data, the risk is high. You will need to restore some photos, music, videos or documents from backups sooner or later. There are too many things that can go wrong with computers.

You are already looking after things you care about in the physical world. You may have:

  • Car insurance
  • Double set of house keys
  • A friend to call in case of an emergency
  • Multiple favorite coffee places

The world we live in is increasingly digital. More and more services are moving online. More and more documents we receive are in a digital format.

When we dealt with paper documents, the risk of losing them was low. Unless a major disaster happened to your home, your documents were relatively safe.

With documents becoming digital, the risk has significantly increased. There are many things that can go wrong with a computer. You also use other digital devices, a smart phone, maybe a laptop or a tablet. Having multiple devices multiplies the risk.

The technology around us has developed so fast that we have not had the time to adjust. Our own evolution has not caught up yet to our digital environment.

For example, if you came across a snake you would probably panic. You know this, and you know there are no snakes where you live, but if you saw one you would immediately recognize the danger and do whatever it takes to get away.

Are you terrified that you have no backups of your data?

You should be. If you lose your data and have no backups, you will never get it back.

If you think that something bad - getting hacked, having your computer die, accidentally clicking on the wrong button - will never happen to you, you are not using a sound strategy to protect your data. Bad things do and will happen. You should be ready.

Backing up your computer to a remote location is easy. It can be automated - the backup software will continuously back up your computer - and you don't even have to think about it.

Until you need your data back, that is. And then, you will be grateful that you were wise enough to create a copy of your data.

The Takeaway

There are many ways to lose your data. Your computer can get hacked, stolen, or die.

You can also accidentally delete an important document, photo or movie.

Backing up your computer is an essential part of computer security. When all else fails - all the computer protection you have in place - the only way to get your data back will be to restore it from backups.

Losing data is inconvenient. You will spend a lot of time - and probably money - to recover lost data from your computer. Sometimes lost data cannot be recovered.

Losing data is also very stressful. Imagine losing something very precious, like your family photos or videos. You lost them, and can never get them back. Do you really want to be in this situation?

There are various backup strategies you can use to make sure you always have a reliable copy of your data. Pick the one that works the best for you.