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Computer hardware can fail, data can be corrupted, computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed. You may be able to reinstall operating systems and applications, but your original data could be lost forever. Data backup software can help you protect and restore your data when something goes wrong.

There are various ways in which files can get lost unexpectedly:

Computer Crashes – always seem to occur in the worst possible circumstances and can lead to loss of data.

Virus Infection – computer viruses can corrupt files and disable computers.

Hard Drive Failure – hard drives have a finite lifetime and can fail suddenly and without warning. The sudden death of a hard drive can cause the incommoding loss of months or years of irreplaceable files, and the timing can be catastrophic – if this happens close to work or college deadline it could be a nightmare scenario.

Physical Computer Damage – your files are more at risk if you use a laptop. Light and portable items come at the price of reduced durability. Laptops are sensitive and are easily damaged if dropped or have drinks and other substances spilled on them.

Theft – computers are sought after by thieves and are not always secure while travelling.

Ransomware Protection

Finally, there’s one more thing to think about when choosing a backup solution: whether it can truly protect your data against the growing menace of ransomware. Ransomware is malicious software that infiltrates a system and encrypts the data. The criminals behind the ransomware then demand to be paid to release the kidnapped data. If the payment isn’t delivered in time, the data is lost.

Don’t think it won’t happen

Data loss hits everyone at some point. The median lifespan of a hard drive is only six years, and one in 20 die within the first year. More than 30 percent of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control.

So, it’s not a question of if you’ll fall victim to data loss, but when.

That’s where backup comes in. Backing up a computer is exactly what it sounds like – making copies of your data in case something happens to it.

Definition according to Wikipedia – Backup

In information technology, a backup, or data backup, or the process of backing up, refers to the copying into an archive file of computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss event. The verb form is “back up”, whereas the noun and adjective form is “backup”. Have another copy of your data somewhere else, not on your computer that can be retrieved if the original data


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While everyone today should be using anti-virus software as part of an overall data protection strategy, even the best anti-virus programs struggle to prevent ransomware, especially zero-day attacks. So you need a backup solution behind the front lines that’s capable of recognising a ransomware attack and instantly backing up your data before it gets encrypted – and held for ransom.

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