You know you need to backup your data that’s currently spread out across your devices, but you put it off because the mere idea of even starting the process to backup all the pictures, videos, messages, software and apps is exhausting. So you cross your fingers and hope that you never have to deal with massive data loss.
The problem with that “strategy” is the more devices you and your family have, the more data you will acculumate on those devices, which means more potential threats for corrupted data or a virus to slip in and cause chaos.
While there may be more intricate and invovled ways to backup your data, you need to start somewhere. Here is my simple data backup strategy to make sure your families’ data is safe in the event of “sooner or later, it’s going to happen”
Smartphone/Tablet –> Computer –> External Hard Drive –> Cloud
Smartphone/Tablet --> Computer
Your mobile device is starting to become your daily computing device. So I'm sure there is information sitting on your smartphone or tablet right now that if lost, would be devastating. There are services that will let you back up your mobile device directly to the cloud, but in most cases, you will eventually have to buy additional cloud storage space the more data you try to back up to the cloud (I'll get to that later).
I suggest that you manually backup your families' mobile device data to one computer. That way, you know you have a good complete backup file at home. I know, physically connecting your mobile devices to a computer every week or so is not as sexy as turning on a device setting or using a mobile app to automagically backup/sync your devices, but there's nothing like the piece of mind that comes with manually backing up data to another device...plus, you will save on you monthly wireless data bill by not automatically backing up your mobile devices to the cloud.
I’m here to let you know that data backup for your family doesn’t have to be complicated or tedious. If you have some suggestions on easily backing up your data, be sure to drop a line in the comments section.
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