When it comes to our personal health, most of us try to practice a certain level of “preventive maintenance.” Usually that means trying to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising, and avoiding volunteering in the kindergarten class.
But sometimes, despite our best efforts to stay healthy, we get sick. We are forced to stay home from work (OK, maybe not forced) or seek medical attention. Depending on how bad the illness is, we could wind up in the doctor’s office, urgent care, or even the emergency room. These visits can be particularly unpleasant if we don’t have insurance or some type of savings.
The same goes for our computers. Sure, we should (and must) practice preventive maintenance on our computers. We should install firewalls, update our security software regularly, and stay away from objectionable Web sites and links. All of these things help keep our machines healthy.
But just like people, computers can get sick even when steps are taken to avoid it. When that happens, the only “insurance” we have is an adequate backup system. A backup system can make our visits to the computer repair shop much more pleasant.
There are several ways to back up your system, ranging from burning DVDs to having a constantly update off-site backup solution. The choice we recommend is the Acronis True Image line of protection. This service basically takes a snapshot of your hard drive on a continual schedule. That way, if something happens to crash your system, it will be easy to go back to a previous snapshot of your data and programs.
Taking the time up front to set up a backup system is the best way to protect yourself from catastrophic computer events.
For a free consultation on how you can implement the best backup system for your computer network, give the Computer Guys USA a call at (928) 468-0000. We’ll lay out all the options available for you.
There’s nothing to be afraid of ... except maybe that kindergarten class.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc.” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.