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Why your Backup Might Need a Backup

Why your Backup Might Need a Backup

Despite countless options, many people still don’t backup their data. Backing up your data is critical. Choosing the best backup method(s) may be just as important. Around 1 in 3 people have suffered the heart-stopping, stomach-dropping realization that important data is lost. Data loss doesn’t only strike computers. People are also storing important data on their mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Photos, personal health data, and financial information are among the types of critical data that many are realizing should be regularly backed up. Backup options differ greatly. It’s quite possible that your backup method of choice might need its own backup!

Sync versus Backup

Many users enjoy the secondary benefit of cloud-based backup services that allow them to access their files in multiple locations. This service is called syncing. It creates another copy of your file to be accessed elsewhere. It’s a two-way approach to backup. Just as the original file can be copied during the sync process, it can also be overwritten and lost. A one-way backup system is one way to ensure that you have at least one solid, unchanging version of your most valuable files. You can still enjoy the benefits of syncing while also ensuring your backup is backed up! It’s better to err on the side of too many backups than too few.

Backups with an Expiration Date

Many people assume that once they’ve initiated a backup, their data is safe. This may not always be true. Android and Dropbox are among companies that have reluctantly admitted to wiping clients’ backup files. Accounts are typically deleted after a period of inactivity. In a new Android update, as little as two week’s inactivity can result in the deletion of backup files from Google Drive. Most Americans spend around 5 hours per day on their smartphone so it might be difficult to imagine 2 weeks of smartphone inactivity. One user never imagined this possibility when he spent a couple of weeks comparing which new Android phone to purchase. In the midterm, he used an older iPhone. /

Dropbox, too, will delete files after periods of inactivity. Although many people rely on Dropbox to recover files they delete and then realize later they need, your data is still not permanently stored. Dropbox gives users 12 months before accounts are considered inactive. Users are sent an email before backups stored in Dropbox are deleted.

SecureBackup as your Backup Backup

Data experts agree that the safest approach to data loss prevention is based in thorough, routine, comprehensive, and now-multiple-backups. SecureBackup offers the benefits of syncing files with the additional security of replicating files for backup. A wide range of features allows users to customize their backup to most closely meet their needs. If you’ve lost important data from your mobile device, we may be able to help. Let’s get your data back and then back it up!

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