I do not know if Benjamin Franklin actually said this, but it is true. In our current age, I would like to add one more thing, PC Failure. Eventually your shiny new computer (Windows, Mac, Smartphone, tablet, and now even watches), will fail and the data on it may or may not accessable once it meets its technology maker (recycling plant). Because we all know this to be true, we should have some means of protecting that data, but often, this is ignored. Because I work with technology every day, I am aware of the many ways computers can and will fail. I make sure to protect all of my systems, but for the average person, they either do not think of it or there is this belief that the data is not that important.
So what am I talking about? I am talking about backups. A vast majority of people either have no backup plan for their home systems or is so manual that eventually the external hard drive or thumb drive bought is sitting in the drawer of their desk. A solid backup plan takes only a few hours to implement, is completely automatic and, if done correctly, is completely virus-proof, hardware failure-proof, storm-proof, snowmageddon-proof and even toddler-proof. It doesn’t have to be complicated. The plan below is the same philosophy that we use for our business client, just in a smaller form.