Losing everything online, on your phone or your computer is a lot easier than you think. Most people go through life not taking their technology seriously enough, in stark contrast to how heavily they rely on it. Businesspeople and casual smartphone users alike live on their technology, and yet somehow they’re at a loss when they lose all of their contacts because they had no backup.
Losing files is something that can happen to anyone, even if you never think it will happen to you. In order to avoid having a future meltdown over lost data, files or information, you need to have a system in place that protects you — and potentially protects others if your lost information also compromises them.
Whether it’s an online platform or just your laptop in general, these are four backup resources that you need to rely on now before catastrophe strikes.
Acronis is currently considered to be the leader in PC and laptop backup recovery, which is great because they’re definitely a cheaper option. Acronis is works using a cloud based storage system that creates a full disk-image copy of your device. The benefit of cloud technology for backups is that it stores the data offsite, if you will. Instead of risking your data being compromised or destroyed locally, your backup is safely unaffected in a different location.
One license for one computer is typically $49.99, thought the company often does discount promotions. Acronis True Image 2016 also works on multiple versions of Mac and Windows operating systems.
Though not technically marketed as a solution for backups, Dropbox is one of the most widely used file storage systems. If you have specific files you don’t want to lose between computer migrations or in case your hard drive fries, Dropbox can easily hold all of the files you want and need with a paid membership. Free members can hold up to 2 GB of storage.
Dropbox also makes sharing files easy. Add emails to folders in order to grant outside access and access files from your Desktop or your Dropbox app.
For Android smartphone fans, Helium App Sync and Backup is either free or $4.99. This easy-to-use app allows almost anyone with an Android smartphone to back up their apps, data, contacts, text and call logs and other important information.
One reason many Android users refrain from installing backup apps is because they typically ask for users to root their phone first. However, Helium does not, meaning it’s safe to back up your data without risking terminating any provider contracts.
Finally, if you’re finding this blog organically, we’d like to introduce you to our own backup service. Shopify customers complain often that they need to back up their Shopify site, only to find out the ecommerce manager doesn’t actually provide that service for them. This can be detrimental to shop owners and an unnecessary hassle.
With Rewind, we keep the store data of Shopify owners secure in our Rewind Vault. From there, Rewind users can backup specific parts of their site or their entire site, all while keeping their data secure on our servers.