Protect your devices – have you made your first backup yet?

by Lorraine Williamson

The Oficina de Seguridad del Internauta (OSI) keeps us informed of the many scams that circulate online. In this article we will share everything you need to know about keeping the information on your devices safe. The OSI advise that backups are the best way to protect all the information stored on the devices we use.

Most people already know that backups are the way we should protect all our information stored on the devices we use, such as computers, tablets, or mobile phones. You may also know that you have the option to manually make backups by copying the files and the most important information you want to keep, or schedule them to be done automatically at regular intervals. However, the question is, how many of us actually do this?

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Let’s briefly go over the key points of backups so that from now on, it can become a practice in your digital daily life.

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Why is it important to make backups?

Remember that it is important to improve your ability to respond in case of data loss caused by possible scams or other reasons. Backups also allow you to have all your files in one place, maintain greater control of your information, and free up space on your devices. Moreover, keep in mind that if you don’t make backups and your device fails, for example, the data you have inside it may be lost. Furthermore, if you change devices and don’t have a backup, you won’t be able to restore the data you had on the previous one. And if your computer or phone gets infected with ransomware, you won’t be able to recover your information.

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Advantages of backups

But what are the real advantages of making backups? You will be able to maintain a backup of your most important data, save time as restoring a backup is very quick if you need to recover information, restore the data on any device, and if you have the backup in the cloud, from anywhere. Finally, you can also customise your backups.

Making a backup

Now that you are clear that making backups is essential, it’s time to make your first one. To do this, you have to choose carefully what data you want to save, how often, and where you want to store them. Verify that the backups have been made correctly and can be restored, and also keep the backups in a safe place.

Additionally, if you have decided to use a cloud service for your backups, remember that to make and access them, you will always need an internet connection. But, with internet, you can do it from anywhere and at any time. You will have automatic file synchronisation, the ability to share files and folders with other users in real-time, these services use advanced security measures to protect the privacy and security of your data, and they are also user-friendly platforms and systems.

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