One of the worst things about our line of work is letting people know that they have lost everything on their computer, laptop, tablet or phone. And yet, surprisingly few people bother with backing their data up. Either we just don’t think about the potential loss, or we think it won’t happen to us.
But we know otherwise – it’s not a question of if, but when.
Top Five Reasons For Data Loss:
Us: The most common reason for data loss is human error – you meant to move the file, but instead you deleted it. Heart breaking, but not unusual. Sadly, it can be all too easy to accidentally delete wrong files or overwrite the parts we did not intend.
Viruses: The term computer virus encompasses a whole menagerie of nasties including malware and ransomware, any of which can infiltrate your computer and infect it leaving you unable to access your files and in some instances deleting of your data.
Failure: Computers, laptops and phones can fail for a variety of reasons, and when they do they can take the crew down with the sip, meaning that you have lost not only your machine but also all the information stored on it.
Power: Both power surges and power cuts can wipe out anything connected and fry the living daylights out of your data.
Loss: Whether it be malicious theft of just accidentally leaving your phone or laptop on the train, bus or taxi, physically losing your equipment can mean you also lose all your data.
Data loss doesn’t happen to some people – it can happen to us all, which is why we have backups on all of our devices – our desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. If any of our machines goes down, we can still log into our backup from another device and access all of our files, pictures, documents and contacts.
If you don’t have a backup in place, you are at risk of losing everything that you have on your computer or phone – and we mean everything…….