Why it pays to back up your computer

October 22, 2019

Computers are such an integral part of everyday life that it’s hard to recall how uncommon they were as recently as 30 years ago. Data about computer use has been collected by the U.S. Census Bureau periodically since 1984, and that information provides an interesting glimpse at just how much reliance on computers has grown in a relatively small amount of time.
In 1989, the USCB’s Current Population Survey estimated that just under 20 percent of American households had a computer. Within a decade, that figure had more than double. By 2015, the task of collecting computer use data had fallen under the purview of the American Community Survey, which found that nearly 87 percent of households in the United States had a computer, and that’s just the statistics regarding traditional desktops or laptops. The ACS found that roughly 75 percent of households had handheld computers, such as smartphones or other wireless devices, in 2015.
Many computer users recognize that they aren’t just using their computers more often, but also storing more personal information on them than they might have in the past. Protecting that information is important, and backing up computers is a great way to keep data safe.
• Backing up computers anticipates and protects you against the worst. All sorts of things can compromise computers, and many of these things are unpredictable. Storms such as hurricanes or tornados can render computers useless. In such instances, data that is not backed up could be lost forever. Such data may include family photos and tax records and other potentially vital information. Even an otherwise normal power outage can compromise the coding of a hard drive, potentially compromising all of the data it contains as a result. Backing up a computer is a preemptive step that most computer users cannot afford to skip.
• Backing up is cheaper than the alternative. The cost of data recovery services varies, but it’s always less expensive to back up computer data than it is to try to recover that data after it’s unexpectedly lost. Data recovery also takes time, which can affect the ability of businesses and professionals to meet deadlines. Data that has been backed up is accessible immediately and that security comes at a fraction of the cost of data recovery services.
• Backing up data helps busy professionals. Many a working professional has learned about the importance of backing up data the hard way. Lost files can negate a lot of hard work, but only if the files haven’t been backed up. By backing up their files at the end of each workday, professionals can ensure a day’s work won’t be lost to a natural disaster or some other unforeseen event.
• Backing up data protects against theft. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are easily stolen because they’re so small. Backing up the data on these devices ensures files aren’t lost should they be stolen.

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