A Resolution Worth Keeping: Backup Your Personal Computer Files

  1. It isn’t automatic. If you forget, you could still lose information.
  2. You can lose or misplace CDs, SD cards, or thumb drives. When you do, you run the risk of identity theft if you have sensitive information on them.
  3. External hard drives can also fail.

Backup remotely

Remote backup is by far the best and safest way to backup your personal computer files. Yes it costs a little money, but honestly, at around one dollar per week, backing up your files with Mozy or Carbonite is a ridiculously cheap form of insurance. I personally use Carbonite.

Carbonite works by installing an unobtrusive little file on your system that works in the background, constantly scanning your computer for new files or files that have changed and need to be backed up. Since it works automatically in the background, there’s nothing for you to do. If you’re using your computer, Carbonite goes to sleep until your system has been idle for a set period of time. This feature keeps your system resources available for your use.

Another great feature is that Carbonite encrypts your files … twice. You are the only one who can view them.

Retrieving your files is easy. If you accidentally deleted something, just use your desktop icon and in a few clicks, you’ll have it back. If your computer is damaged, stolen or your hard drive crashes, just visit Carbonite’s website from a different computer. In just a few minutes you’ll be able to begin restoring all your files.

Backing up your files just makes sense

Considering everything you have stored on your computer, backing up your files just makes good sense. Our lives are contained in these files, backing them up regularly is a smart way to protect your identity and make sure that your personal information, your pictures, your music, and other important stuff is protected against damage, theft, or other loss.