Originally published March 30, 2017
How important is safely backing up all your digital property—photos, documents, videos, financial records, software, social network remembrances, and so on? Imagine for a moment losing all of that personal information to the wilds of nature following a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, flood or earthquake.
What would you do? You’ve spent a lifetime up to now making decisions on a day-to-day basis on what emails, images, documents, notes, videos and apps to keep; how long would it take to replace all of that property in its entirety? If you said another lifetime, that would be logical.
However, you don’t have another lifetime to do this. Start backing up everything you create now, if you haven’t already. Life happens, and you really don’t want something out of your control happening to all your personal digital property. Companies have disaster-recovery strategies; so should individuals.