What Do We Mean by Data Backup and Recovery?
You spill coffee on your laptop or your smartphone falls in the toilet. You try, but you can't access any of your information. That night, you toss and turn, mulling over how much youve just lost: files, contacts, family photos, research, financial data, passwords and so on.
Dont be that guy (or gal). Data backup is about creating and preserving a copy of your devices content to guard against a virus, crash or other disaster. In other words, making sure the stuff that matters most on your PC, laptop, cell phone, tablet, etc., is always secure and accessible.
To avoid whatever situation may one day cause your data loss, you need to prepare now. Start here with entry-level data protection advice, direct from our experts.
Backup devices the hardware that stores the actual data take many forms, including:
The system you rely on for backups needs to support the degree and frequency of backups you need.
Other features to consider in backup software include data compression to maximize storage space, filtering to identify certain files for backup and password encryption to protect against hacking. And make sure you understand how and how quickly youll recover files and programs after a loss.
Once youve found a backup system that suits you, be sure to use it and use it right. Test it every so often to be sure its working. And then look forward to a good nights sleep.