byAllison-BBY03-31-202108:00 AM - edited 03-31-202103:47 PM
You’re on a beautiful bike ride or run and decide to stop and take a photo on a scenic bridge. You take out your phone and it slips out of your sweaty hands and starts its descent to the river below. Kerplunk!
You’re out at a restaurant with friends and set your phone on the table while you enjoy your meal. Three hours later you arrive home and realize your device isn’t in your pocket or purse. You call the restaurant and they didn’t notice a phone on the table after you left. Poof-gone!
You wrap up work for the night and power down your PC. There’s a nasty storm rolling in, and overnight there’s a power surge. Your home was clearly affected since your device won’t turn on the next morning and it’s completely useless. Zap!
You’re hammering out a school project and have a huge cup of black coffee sitting next to your laptop as you work through the night. You reach over to grab something and misjudge the mug’s position while you’re distracted reading your screen. Before you know it, the piping hot liquid is trickling through your keyboard. Sizzle!
You’re finally able to relax on a family vacation and suit up for a day at the pool. You forget about your phone in your suit pocket and perform the mightiest cannonball of all time. Splash!
You had your phone on your lap while driving to the grocery store. You find a parking spot in the busy lot, step out of the car, and your device slips off your lap as you stand. You helplessly watch it tumble across the rough cement where it finally lands perfectly in front of a passing car. Crunch!
If you value any kind of device in your life, reading these scenarios probably made you cringe. The thought of having your beloved technology ruined is enough to feel a twinge of panic. Even if your device is toast, you can often find comfort in the fact that you, hopefully, had all your data backed up.
Today’s World Backup Day, which reminds us to protect all of the treasured memories and important information stored on our devices. Can you confidently say right now that all of your photos and files are fully backed up? According to the World Backup Day website, 30% of people have never backed up a device. I know that I haven’t been diligent enough with backing up my devices, and I will definitely be taking time today to do so.
There’s a few ways to go about this. Of course, there’s the cloud, which can automatically update and store your information on external servers instead of on the hard drive of a personal device. This definitely provides a level of comfort if anything goes wrong with your phone or laptop. Additionally, you can back up all your data to an external hard drive. You can find tons of hard drive, SSD and storage options on BestBuy.com. Geek Squad can also help with backup options and provide any support you may need!
Accidents happen, so take the time today to back up your devices. You’ll end up thanking yourself!