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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back Up Your Information!

'Backing Up My Music Collection' photo (c) 2006, Dennis Brekke - license:"Have you backed up your information to the cloud or your computer?" questioned the AT&T customer service representative.  This after my iPhone was dropped in the Charles River last week.  (Read about it here: It's All Fun & Games Until Somebody Loses an iPhone).  

Numerous times I've heard this same question being asked by my technology support specialist.  Being a self-professed techie herein lies my biggest weakness - I just haven't paid much attention to "Backing up my information.   Why?  I'm sure it has something to do with the  "It will never happen to me!" mentality.

Well, I'll say it loud and clear to anyone who wants to learn from my mistake: BACK UP YOUR INFORMATION - pictures, contacts, calendars, documents, etc.  Anything you have on your computer, iPhone or tablet - if it's important to you - BACK IT UP!!!  Don't learn the hard way like I did.  When I dropped my phone in the river - there went all my family photos, my contacts (I can't even remember my own kids' numbers) and my calendar. Everything!!

Upon receiving a new phone - I immediately signed up to be in the "cloud" so that my data will hopefully, be safe in the event I need it.  I'm considering backing up my information manually as well (as I often wonder about Cloud security).


What is Back Up? 

iOS:  How to Back Up & Restore

Android:  How to Back Up Your Android Smartphone to Your PC

Computer:  5 Ways to Back Up Your Computer

When was the last time you backed up your important information?? Or do you have a similar - "No Back Up" story like me?   (Hoping you don't!)