You've probably head stories about terrifying stats like these before:
- Up to 10% of the world's 700 million computers crash every day
- 50% of businesses that lose all their data never open their doors again
- Only 6% of Internet users back up daily
- 43% of computer users have lost files at some point
While there are many resources, technologies, products and services available to assist you in developing and implementing a backup program that is both effective and appropriate for your particular needs, here are links to a couple articles -- intro excerpts, edited for brevity & clarity -- that we hope you'll find helpful in getting started.
We're all different. We have different jobs, families and interests, so it makes sense that our computer backup needs would be diverse too. Fortunately, backup software manufacturers understand and offer backup choices to fit virtually any need.
- Understanding Backup Basics
- Considering Your Backup Options
- Advancing Your Backup Capabilities
from Tech Support Alert
For most computer users, backing up your files is a lot like going to the dentist - we tend to put it off until we really have to. By then, it's often too late and the damage may have already been done. The good news is that there are now some excellent Windows backup software products available that make backing up relatively easy and painless. We looked at dozens of products and identified 18 leading backup programs for closer review. While we have come up with five excellent products, without doubt the best product is the one that best suits YOUR needs.
Frequently Asked Backup Questions
- Do you really need to backup?
- What are the different kinds of backup?
- What should you backup?
- What media should you backup to?
- How often should you backup?
From PC Mag (10/28/10)
Backing up to an Internet service makes a ton of sense for 3 important reasons:
- The data is stored off site, usually in Fort Knox-type secure servers. This means that in case of flood or fire or other property damage, you're covered.
- They're automated. There's no need to insert or even have any CDs or DVDs or plug in a USB drive that may be susceptible to the calamities listed above.
- You'll not only have access to your files from any Web browser, but with some services you can share the files to contacts via links in e-mail or even view photos in the web interface.