With most things in life, many of us postpone or ignore crucial safety measures because we hold the ideology that “that thing will never happen to me”. That is the case, until the inevitable happens and that thing actually, surprisingly, does happen to us. In this case, we’re talking about data backups.
Maybe you do occasionally backup your data, maybe you only do it when it’s absolutely necessary, maybe you don’t do it at all and don’t care – if any of this is true for you, keep reading for 4 reasons why you need to start backing up.
1. Let’s start with the most obvious – you broke your phone. AT&T surveyed 400 Americans in 2017 and the results showed that 72% of people surveyed have broken their phone, and 57% have broken more than one. Let’s say you’re one of the unfortunate few that left your phone out in the rain. This time it isn’t as simple as a cracked screen, it’s not even turning on, a bowl of rice isn’t doing the job, and you have no idea how you’re going to save all the precious content stored on it. Other than the fact that you’re ultimately going to have to buy a new phone, you now also have to pay a professional to help recover your data, or, say goodbye to everything. You knew you should have synced all your junk to iCloud, but you didn’t and are now paying for it – literally.
2. Someone hacked your device and your private information has been stolen or infected. With hackers becoming more sly every day, viruses and hacks really can happen to anyone. Once a virus takes hold, it can be a challenge to have them removed without damaging any of your data or having information stolen. To ensure the safety of your data and defence of private information, it’s crucial to run frequent backups on your devices. This way, even if your information is no longer salvageable, you can erase the infected or damaged data and replace it with what you have backed up.
3. Backing up saves you time. Sure, doing daily or weekly backups to your data may seem like an annoying task, but look at it this way: sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot. That extra time you take every day or so to protect your data will save you double the time if your device ever gets stolen, damaged, or hacked. Better yet, the more often you keep your files backed up, the less time you’ll have to spend on backups overall, because there won’t be as much content that needs backing up if most of it already is.
4. Rather than continuing to focus on what could go wrong, let’s focus on an immediate benefit you get from backups. Storing your data on a cloud, hard drive, or a Kwilt hub will free up space on your devices so that you can make room for even more content. By storing your files on an external source, you have the freedom to clear off the content you want to save but don’t need to access on the daily, making room for additional files.
Whether you’ve ever dealt with data loss before, or had a moment of panic when you thought you had, you know the soul crushing feeling that comes with loosing valuable content. Take a few minutes out of your routine to do regular data backups, and you’ll thank yourself later.