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Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

September 28, 2015

You do back up your important data, don’t you?

20012126753_a7af44d995_o If you are somehow not yet convinced that it is critical to back up your personal and other data, or if you just like a good story, I highly recommend Darkode, an excellent podcast from the excellent RadioLab.

Back in the day, the saying was “There are two types of people: those who back up their data already.  And those who will.” This referring to the at-the-time inevitable hard drive crashes that could wipe out all your financial, work, and personal data.

Today, hard drives are not so fallible, but the dangers are so much worse. Just about everything about us is digital, and stored on computers, phones, tablets etc. that are connected to the internet. Hackers, spammers, phishers, botnets and who knows what else are scouring the web looking, and oftentimes succeeding, to cause havoc on these very devices.

With the ease and availability of numerous cloud services, backing- up has never been simpler. Like flossing your teeth, it is basic routine prevention that you may cause you deep regret if you fail to attend to it regularly.

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