Many things can cause data corruption and accidental computer file loss, from viruses to hard drive crashes. Computer Industry Almanac estimates that 700 million PCs are in use around the world, and up to 10 percent of them crash every day.
File backup is an essential part of online security — yet a 2008 study by Webroot, Protecting Your Digital Life, found that 20 percent of PC users never back up their data, leading to extensive computer file loss.
While a computer crash is the most common way to lose files, there are many other risks. You could also lose data due to viruses, theft, natural disaster, accidental deletion or software corruption.
What are the benefits of online backup? The facts speak for themselves:
While data recovery services exist, they are expensive and sometimes impossible. The best way to prevent losing valuable information is to back up the files stored on your hard drive. Then if disaster strikes, you can easily access a secure copy of the information you need.
Files can be backed up to an online account or to a local device such as a CD, DVD or external hard drive. Software programs can greatly simplify the process. Be sure to look for automatic backup capabilities so your files will be protected regularly and you never have to worry about forgetting to back up.
The benefits of online backup are many. Not only does it protect files from loss, but it can also make them more useful. You can access online files from any computer and securely share them with friends and family. Sending file sharing links is a great alternative to large email attachments.
Products like Webroot Internet Security Essentials include automatic file backup to an online account or local device. Webroot uses multiple layers of security to protect your files and privacy during online backups. Data is encrypted twice and transmitted to Webroot’s high-security data centers.
To learn more about the benefits of online file backup, read our Protecting Your Digital Life report.