Saturday March 31st is #WorldBackupDay and we asked MyMemories IT Director
Shenom Allred to give us a deeper look into backing up our files.
Shenom, what is a backup?
A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.
Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.
Why are we backing up our files and/or computers?
Backing your files and computers up is a critical part of owning and managing computers. They work great most of the time, but they are still prone to fail. Even back up drives fail. We are backing them up because we know they will fail at some point and we don't want to lose anything.
What are some of the different methods or options for backing up files?
There are a lot of options. When computers first came out portable media was a popular option as well as cd/dvd and flash drives. More recently we have moved on to using portable back up drives because they are at a low price point and have a huge capacity. Now that we live in an age where our internet speed is faster, cloud back up and off site back up have grown in popularity. Some popular cloud base services are Google Drive, Dropbox, Apple's iCloud and Microsoft One Drive. With these, it is up to you to download the app and back up your files, photos and videos at your leisure. You can set them up to automatically back up as well. A new service that is gaining popularity is Backblaze. This is a data storage provider who's sole focus is online back up.
What would happen if we do NOT back up our files?
Often times nothing happens. We can skate on the edge of danger but eventually the risk can be catastrophic. Years of photos, precious videos, important files...are lost. Even if they are recoverable you are out a lot of time and money. I highly recommend you back up your memories! Save often.
Don't forget to back up those files by Saturday March 31st! If you have any questions or concerns about backing up your files, please feel free to contact Nancy in our tech support. firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
Here is a short video tutorial to help you!