Susan was vacationing in Costa Rica with her boyfriend. Being a very cautious individual she was very careful to keep her and her boyfriend’s personal possessions safely locked away in the trunk of their rental car. That is except for one day right before they were to fly back, they stopped at a tourist lookout point on their way from one city to another. As they were taking in the view, a strange feeling came over them and they looked back at their car where a group of local thieves had broken into the back seat and by the time they were able to get back to the car the thieves had made off with three of her bags. Included in those bags were her passport, wallet (credit cards, drivers license etc), iPhone and her MacBook computer.
We had setup up a backup system for Susan, however being a very busy, successful business owner, she opted not to allow her backup system to fully complete the first time. Although we kept encouraging her to use the backup system, she continued to place a low priority on it’s completion rendering it useless. 99% of her business related documents were safely stored on her server and/or contained in a Customer Relationship Manager (phone book, calendars, tasks etc) we had deployed for her. However, all of her saved email, personal photos, music personal documents that were created or acquired since her last manual backup were lost.
In addition to her losing a lot of important and irreplaceable files, she potentially placed a lot of sensitive data into the hands of thieves. Information about her, bank accounts, credit cards, sensitive information concerning her clients, employees, family and her boyfriend.
If this story has sent chills down your spine … then my work here is done. At least for for this article. In the articles to follow, we will introduce you to different methods of backing up your computer, making it’s contents safer from unauthorized people and a better understanding of what your risk is concerning your computers and other digital devices. Even if you don’t own a laptop, a cell phone or PDA, if you store important, irreplaceable and/or sensitive information on your computer, you are at risk of losing it. Don’t wait for us to publish the rest of the backup strategies. Buy a USB hard drive and copy your important information to it. You will be glad you did.