Losing all of your data: photos, videos, contacts, high scores, can be one of the worst things to happen to you in this digital age. And the big issue is that there are so many ways that this data can be lost.
Be it through corruption, carelessness, or system error there is no preparing when it comes to recovering lost data. We put so much faith in our computers, tablets, and smartphones that we never expect anything to go wrong. But, of course, something always does.
Taking steps the prevent data loss before it occurs is always touted as the most effective method towards data loss prevention, but how many of us can claim to undertake such as task, despite being very, very aware of the risks we pose by not backing up our precious files. For whatever reason, we either cannot be bothered or have this feeling that both us and our machines are invincible, nothing will go wrong, surely.
However, we all know that is not the case. Here are some tools and tips to prevent losing your data and information.
While it may feel like your files have been lost forever due to accidental deletion, that is not the case. Microsoft has a handy step-by-step guide to aid you for whatever may have caused you to lose your data. With the current abilities of computers, there is always a way to recover what is lost, it’s just about where you look.
While Mac and PC users don’t agree on everything, what they can agree on is that losing data is simply the worst. Particularly if you’ve been pouring over your computer all night, only to see it disappear in an instant. Thankfully, there are solutions to this sort of problem, with programs such as Mac data recovery services that will be able to restore your data to its rightful place, no matter how it managed to disappear.
Smartphones, like many types of electronics, are build to fail. It is a feature known as built-in obsolescence and has been used by tech companies for a long as we can remember. For many consumers, this is the number one reason for causing a data loss. The irritating thing is, that it will often happen out of nowhere. Unlike cars, which will jutter and stutter along the road, a phone can work fine one day, and be completely unusable the next.
And this is what presents the biggest difficulty in preparing for your phone losing all your files. If you cannot predict when it will happen, you won’t know how early to begin backing up. Of course, like other devices, it should be frequent, but that’s so easy to forget.
For Android devices, there are debugging options when it comes to losing data, as long as the device is still operating. For the iPhone, there are technicians who can strive to recover your data for you, and there is also the option of using cloud storage. However, using services such as the Cloud or Dropbox may be considered solutions, but have been proven in the past that these services are not entirely safe.
While there may be all of these many options for restoring your data, that doesn’t mean you can afford to be careless when it comes to looking after your files. The fact of the matter is that you should hopefully never need to use this information. Before anything bad does happen, ensure that you listen to the experts and carry out regular backups, be it to a USB or a larger external hard drive.
Your devices may seem like they can do whatever you might command, but at the end of the day, they are still fragile machines. Manufacturers may be endeavoring to create more robust electronics by making newer models water- and shock-proof, but there still needs to be an element of care when handling your device. Human error accounts for one of the top five factors that causes data loss. While some of these factors are unavoidable, there are others that will save you a lot of money and heartache in the future.
It also pays to ensure that you are above all things careful with passwords and information. While a lot of data can be lost due to system failure, an even more terrifying prospect is the leaking of information to strangers due to unsecured networks. Before becoming a victim of hacking, complete a go-over of your passwords to ensure that you minimize the risk of exposure.