FixMeTip: How to Back it Up

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!

Stay protected!

–The FixMeStick Team

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17 thoughts on “FixMeTip: How to Back it Up

  • November 29, 2016 at 3:31 pm
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    What’s you opinion of Carbonite as a backup?

  • November 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for asking!

    In our experience the user experience was better on Backblaze but the services offered are very similar–and both go through frequent software updates that changes the user experience. As a back-up option, Carbonite is a good choice, the differences with its competitors are mostly a matter of personal preference.

    –The FixMeStick Team

  • November 29, 2016 at 11:05 pm
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    Why Should I renew my fix me sticks license when it will not remove spyware from my laptop?

  • December 1, 2016 at 1:34 am
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    I’d like to know FMS’ response to the above question! I’ve had one hiccup using my FMS, but when I tried it again the next morning everything went smoothly with the same virus on 4 of my old files.
    The only concern I have is with needed support on weekends & Holidays.

  • December 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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    Hi Steve,

    Glad to hear it started working for you!
    We understand your concern about our support hours– we’re currently in the process of adding agents to our team in order to accommodate the high volume of calls we are receiving.

    Best,
    The FixMeStick Team

  • December 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    Hi there,

    Because the FixMeStick® is an external, hardware device that runs before your computer starts, it removes viruses, trojans, rootkits, and malware– and spyware!–that anti-virus programs often cannot.

    Best,
    The FixMeStick Team

  • December 16, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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    My McAfee is due to renew. Do I need McAfee if I have a Fix Me Stick?

  • December 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm
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    I would like to have a new Fix Me Stick.

  • December 17, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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    I do not see the price.

  • January 5, 2017 at 11:17 am
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  • January 9, 2017 at 11:32 am
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    Hi there,

    That’s great! We love hearing from our readers. I hope your continue to enjoy the articles we work on.

    Stay tuned!

    –The FixMeStick Team

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
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    Hi Clay,

    Thank you for your interest in the FixMeStick!

    The FixMeStick is an external hardware-based USB device that is currently offered through three different subscriptions:

    1) Full Year FixMeStick subscription – a one year subscription for $59.99 (free shipping) and a 45 day money-back guarantee, that allows you to use the FixMeStick an unlimited number of times on up to 3PCs, or on up to 3 Macs.

    2) Full Year FixMeStick Unlimited subscription – a one year subscription for $299.99 (free shipping) and a 45 day money-back guarantee, that allows you to use the FixMeStick an unlimited number of times on an unlimited number of PCs, or on an unlimited number of Macs.

    3) 1 Month Trial FixMeStick subscription – a 30 day subscription for $9.95 + shipping and handling, that allows you to use the FixMeStick an unlimited number of times on up to 3PCs, or on up to 3 Macs. There is an automatic renewal of $44.99 at the end of the Trial month, which allows you to use the FixMeStick for another full year. The automatic renewal can be opted out of by contacting us at support@fixmestick.com.

    All three subscriptions allow you to keep your FixMeStick USB device forever, as well as give you full access to our free amazing customer support!

    For more information on the FixMeStick, please visit our product page at: https://www.fixmestick.com/fms/fixmestick.html

    To purchase the FixMeStick, please visit our online store at: https://www.fixmestick.com/fms/store

    Let me know if you have any further questions!

    Best,

    The FixMeStick Team

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    Hi there,

    You’ll need to contact our support staff in order to process this request. Send us an email at support@fixmestick.com!

    Best,

    The FixMeStick Team

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:35 am
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    Hi Ruth,

    Thank you for your interest in the FixMeStick.

    We recommend using the FixMeStick in partnership with an antivirus program.

    The stick does not provide ongoing protection, rather it is a tool that can be used to remove viruses that have already attacked the computer. No antivirus is perfect and as a result infections can get past your protection. This is where the FixMeStick comes in!

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,
    The FixMeStick Team

  • January 9, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    Hi there,

    The FixMeStick does in fact remove spyware.

    Best,

    The FixMeStick Team

  • February 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    Hi there,

    We’re so glad you’re enjoying our content! Please stay tuned for more 🙂

    Best,
    The FixMeStick® Team

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