It is wonderful to use your technology to keep all your information easily accessible even in the event of disaster. Recently I was speaking with a woman who was upset because she lost all her contacts and photographs when she lost her cellular phone. I felt sorry for her and reminded myself I must continue to duplicate my data. Once upon a time, we stored all our information on paper. We had originals that we saved in safe and secure storage spaces. We kept copies for regular use and review. Everyone understood the importance of having an heir and a spare. In other words people understood that there should always be a backup copy. My husband likes to call the idea wearing a belt and suspenders. In all you do with your data, you must have a backup and a backup for that backup.
While it is not my dream to write this article on my tablet instead of my laptop, I did it and will be able to do it for the next few days until I decide on a new laptop computer. If you are not using a belt and suspenders approach with your computer and data, start now. Back up your computer to CD, DVD or SD device once per week. Pick a cloud based storage device and install it on your computer. When you save your files as you work, be sure to set things up so that you save to your computer and the cloud at the same time. If you want to be really belt and suspenders safe, put two cloud based storage jobs on your computer and manually copy the files from your main cloud storage system to your backup storage system every few days. Be proactive in protecting your data, contacts and photographs. To throw in another cliche, prepare for war in time of peace. Protect yourself while everything is going well so that when there is a problem, loss or breakage you can keep moving along without aggravation, fear or extreme discomfort.