Guide to backing up your devices

Guide to backing up your devices

Living in the digital age we have endless information at our fingertips and technology surrounds us in our day-to-day lives and work. Unfortunately we tend to overstate the quality of the technology we use and don’t truly value the information held. Therefore, we fail to take the necessary precautions to ensure our information remains safe.

Take our smartphones or tablets as the perfect example. These devices are now used in place of a dedicated camera due to good picture quality, portability and convenience. We rely heavily on these devices to store information, however, problems arise when they; fail, are dropped or take a swim. If your information has not been backed up it can cause anguish and stress as precious moments are potentially lost.

These situations are easily avoided!

Backup your smartphone or tablet

Regularly connecting an Apple device to a computer, PC or MAC with iTunes installed ensures the entire contents of the device is backed up.

With an Android based device the process is much the same with a few extra clicks.

There are also cloud based systems which will automatically backup content like photos, contacts, music and documents which can be enabled, as part of the initial phone setup, but might require payment to ensure cloud storage is not exceeded.

If you’re not familiar with iCloud or setting up a Samsung / Google account, seek assistance as it is time well spent.

Backup your computer

Your Personal Computers (PC) or Mac holds a huge amount of data you want to protect.

The good news is backup software and storage is affordable and if setup correctly, is simple to use.

A basic external hard drive, from a retail outlet like JB Hi Fi, will set you back around $100 for 1 terabyte of storage. This will suit those who need to backup a computer containing some important documents, music, photos and emails.

Those who require a large amount of storage for backups, due to a seemingly endless collection of illegally acquired movies and TV Shows (you know who you are) will need to up size their purchase to accommodate with multiple drives or a NAS (Network Attached Storage) becoming a necessity.

Using an external hard drive or USB (key/stick) as a primary storage location for critical photos and documents is not recommended. These should be used as a backup or secondary location for critical files only as they can be dropped easily or fail, as only technology can.

What backup software should I use?

There are a number of options with in-built software on PC and MAC to suit most situations.

Taking the backup process a step further check out the following companies, offering software at an attractive price point- FREE.

Of course having the right tools for the job doesn’t always translate to the job being done right. Investing in a professional to complete the setup, making sure it works, providing some basic training and ensuring you are fully aware on how to track the status is critical – user awareness is paramount in ensuring a working backup solution and picking up any potential issues.