"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."~ Benjamin Franklin
We would like to add a third certainty here - computer failure.
Once upon a time, products were built to last a lifetime. Some of you may still have a working household object that family and friends joke with you should be donated to a museum. But modern technology is evolving at such a rapid rate that your computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones quickly become "out of date".
Unfortunately, no matter how much you have spent on your IT equipment, there are no guarantees that it won't fail. We have experience of brand new hard drives straight out of the box failing. And even if your hardware does behave itself, there is still an element of human error. Viruses get inadvertently downloaded, computers get left in the sunlight, laptops get forgotten on the last train home from London.
What Is Certain
So, if we can be sure that, at some point, something bad will happen to our computers, what can we do about it? Firstly, and most importantly, do not ignore this fact! Having the attitude that "it will never happen to me" will not save all the information that you have on your computer.
Installing an automated backup programme that saves all your data to the cloud will ensure that you will always have access to the information that you need even if your computer fails, or your laptop gets stolen or you accidently smash your iPad. We highly recommend that you have some form of secondary backup - and for businesses, a third backup is necessary to ensure you are covered.
Couple this with a top class anti-virus that will help prevent you inadvertently downloading something you don't want. It will prompt you before you do something you probably shouldn't by asking you, "are you really sure you want to open that email?" or "I really wouldn't recommend you go to that website!".
So, let us update Benjamin's quote: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and computer failure." Your equipment and your data are your responsibility, so make sure you have provisions in place for when the inevitable occurs.