There are a multitude of options when choosing how to backup your important files and data. Some of those options are USB and external drives, paid online backup, and cloud storage services. There is also a multitude of ways you can lose your files which may lead to a costly bill or they may be permenantly gone. Everybody loses data at some point in their lives and that is why it is important to back them up. Your hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software virus could delete your important files. Not to mention natural disasters and accidents such as fires, floods, theft, spills, or other accidents that could put your data at risk.
Using an external drive has benefits such as being seperate from your computer although if your house gets robbed or your house is flooded or burnt down the hard drive may be stolen or destroyed in the process. You must be dilligent and back often. This requires you to learn how to use a back up program and plug in your drive each time you'd like to backup your data. External drives also have a high failure rate due to spinning 24/7 if not unplugged in between backups.
Backup Over The Internet
Carbonite is well known online backup service we like and recommend. It'll simply backup your files automatically to carbonite's web storage in Canada. As you can see this method protects your data from natural disaster, theft, accidents, hard drive failure, and everything in between. This type of backup solution takes a long time to restore your data files and doesn't help you with restoring your operating system or software.
Cloud Storage Services
This isn't technically a backup method but for most people it serves a similar purpose. Some options for this method would be Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft One Drive; these solutions upload your files on a schedule. The main problem with this type of storage is if you get rasomeware you'll lose your data. Becuase the rasomware has the capacity to infect the files within your backup. An alternative to these three is MediaFire which require manual upload, so don't forget!
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