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Why All The Fuss Over Computer Backups?

Most people rely on computers for many varied tasks. A business owner may use their computer to communicate with clients, send emails to employees and advertise their business. Many private individuals use their computers to stay in touch with friends and family via personal webpages on social media networks and highly private email communications. A computer can allow a grandparent in Florida to see their grandchild’s first steps or watch as they graduate from high school. Most people use computers each day, but they may not be aware of how important it is to implement security measures so their personal data is not compromised. Many things can compromise your internet security. This is why you need to have as many backups as possible at all times.

Computer Backups

Keep Your Files Secure

Your personal files are highly important. In today’s age, it is more important than ever to keep personal files of all important documents on hand. You need copies of documents including your birth certificate, your mortgage documents and your important diplomas. You will need to have access to personal and business documents as well. Documents, such as tax returns and income statements, may need to be at hand if you are doing tasks such as applying for a job or attempting to resolve a tax dispute of some kind. Merely filing them electronically may not mean that copies are always on hand.

Power Failures

Power failures are quite common. A vast hurricane can wipe out years of files. Even a small storm of less than an hour in duration can mean electrical shorts and lost documentation. A brief power flicker can also lead to serious problems with your data files. This is one of many reasons why it is highly important to always have access to backups of all kinds for all your computer data needs.

Viruses are Dangerous

Viruses are quite common today. You may not even be aware that your computer has picked up a virus. Yet the virus may still be present, causing havoc and creating all kinds of problems. Viruses can erase important data and destroy entire files. If your computer has a virus, you can also unknowingly spread that virus to other computers as well even if you have no intention of doing so. This is another reason why you need to have backups on hand at all times A single virus can wipe out all of your data overnight. You might turn on your computer the next day and find that years of work have been erased or copied without your permission and sent elsewhere.

Without Backup Files

Without backup files, you might never see such important data. Even a skilled computer user may be helpless against a single nasty virus. A virus can also attack your hard drive, rendering your entire computer essentially unusable even after you take it to a computer recovery expert. A hard drive can break down from time to time. You might wake up and discover that your own hard drive simply isn’t working as well as it should. This can happen due to many reasons including the failure of your operating system. If the entire system goes down, days or even years of accumulated data can ultimately be lost. Vital memories that you cherish of favorite birthday parties and anniversary celebrations may be gone forever. Important business records that you need to run your business may be gone. Having backups allows you to avoid this potential catastrophe. You can work, send messages and share important events without worrying they will disappear from your reach.

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Written by Mindy Reid on March 31st, 2016.

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