Seasons are changing and the holidays are rapidly approaching. As I gear up my own family for the festivities, I’m also thinking about my clients. With new Black Friday electronics coming into the home, I need to make sure they’re prepared for the reality of the care and feeding required.
Just like when purchasing a new pet for a child, I like to make sure my clients understand the responsibilities required when caring for these new toys. While a dog or cat requires love and affection, feeding and regular visits to the back yard, new electronics have their own requirements. As I talk to them about maintenance and warranty concerns, I also have to bring up the purpose of most of these consumer electronics.
Just about all of these devices have one common goal or one side-effect as I sometimes call it. They create data. Let’s go over some of the most common new products you might be purchasing and what sort of data you will be creating that needs to be safeguarded through proper backups.
Cell Phones – The day of the old ‘brick phone’ is over. Making calls is something the manufacturers don’t talk about as much anymore. We all assume that call quality will be fine and that the other party will receive our messages. The more advertising-friendly features of phones are their data-gathering capabilities. We fill flash cards with photos of events, video clips and even have the ability to edit and create professional video on some of the newer devices. Do these files languish on the phone? The solution: Make sure your desktop or laptop has a reader that will directly support the flash card in your phone and save your files there. Transfer them regularly to the trusty desktop, and make sure they are going to a folder that is being backed up by your backup software. Backup your Android and your iPhone with SOS.
Tablets – From the iPod to some of the newer Android entries, tablets have hit the market by storm. Unfortunately, even in the process of using them as a laptop-replacement, many users are neglecting the fact that they are creating important home and work documents and treating the tablet as just another gadget. The solution: Make sure your files are being synced to another device, be it though a flash card or over your home network. The tablet will cease being a fun toy as soon as an important file is lost forever.
Laptops – More and more school-age kids are carrying laptops. From term papers to final projects, the files they create are just as important as business files. There is nothing like the ability to reprint a project that was lost in the grading process. The solution: Backup. For a very reasonable cost, these important files can be protected with online backup, without the intervention of the student. As they use the machine, the files are transferred online and are protected from loss.
So here’s to a happy holiday season. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re creating more and more data every day. Let’s keep it protected.
— The Backup Master