Security experts recommend backing up your computer in case of a ransomware or other malware attack. This means that your files are saved on multiple platforms to safeguard them in the event that your computer is compromised.
Think there is nothing valuable on your computer? Think again.
Everyone has something to lose. Even your family photos are a prime target for ransomware hackers.
Not sure where to start?
1) Harness the power of the internet. These days, there are several services available, like Dropbox, that are easy to set up and can house all of your data. This method is preferred because even if your house burns down— your files are stored away. Think of this option as storing your money in the bank rather than in a safe in your house.
2) …But maybe you like to keep things close to home. In that case, you can save everything (including all your programs and shortcuts–everything that makes your computer feel like YOURS) on an external hard drive. External hard drives can cost a pretty penny. In this reporter’s opinion–they’re worth it. But if you’re looking for a cheap, quick, back-up option for specifics files like family photos or word documents, save those on an external USB storage device or two.
P.S. A lot of these items go on sale around this time of the year– after “Black Friday” comes “Cyber Monday”– usually seasonal sales last for a few days!
–The FixMeStick Team