How much of your life is stored on your computer?
More and more, our home computers are being used to store
important parts of our everyday lives. This trend is only growing
as the information we cherish is increasingly becoming digital, as our
homes are increasingly becoming wired and as working from home becomes
even more commonplace.
You probably already have an acute awareness that the
information stored on your computer is valuable to you. But, have
you ever really considered what the consequences would be if you lost
What would happen if you lost your important documents?
How much fun would tax time be if you didn't have your
personal financial records? Wouldn't looking for a job be pretty tough
without your resume? Could you stay in touch with old friends
if you were missing your emails or your contacts?
Do you work from home or have a home based business?
How long would your business be down without your
customer records? How about your accounting data?
Any students around?
Unfortunately, "my computer crashed" wins about
as much sympathy these days from teachers as, "my dog ate my
homework." And then of course, there's always the tragic story
of the PhD student who lost years of her dissertation research...
Take digital pictures?
Today, our photos aren't stored in albums or shoe
boxes anymore but on our computers. Whether they be vacation
pictures, pictures of extended family, or of your child's first
birthday. This kind of data is not merely valuable, but
How vulnerable is your data?
The unfortunate truth is that while computers have become
more useful, and as we have become more dependant on them, the data
they store has become more vulnerable.
Viruses, Hackers and Spyware
Not long ago, computer viruses, hackers and spyware
were of interest only to businesses with sensitive data and
to IT professionals. Now these items routinely make front
page news. Any computer connected to the Internet is exposed
to these dangers and the data loss that accompanies them.
Hard Drive and Hardware Failures
Hard drives store more data, are smaller and are
cheaper than ever. But all hard drives will eventually
fail. Hard drives are simply not designed to last forever.
Of course, unfortunately, you can never predict when they will
Natural Disasters and Theft
Most of us have insurance to protect our homes
from disasters such as fires and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
But what's protecting your data? Anything that can damage
your home, can destroy your computer and the information that
it stores. And on top of natural disaster, we live
in a world today where terrorism and theft must be considered.
Even if such disasters don't strike and we all
hope they don't, we humans aren't perfect either. Most of us
have at one point or another, accidentally deleted a file or
had a file overwritten.
Backing up is the only way to properly protect your valuable
Hopefully you are now convinced of the importance of ensuring
that your data is always safe and always available to you. Now, find
out why online backup is the easiest, safest
and most affordable way to protect your data.