Computer malfunctions can destroy your data at any time without warning. The most common cause of data loss, however, is human error. More than once, computer users have exclaimed, "Oh @#$%^&*, I didn't mean to delete that!"
Having a recent backup available is the best way to recover from both manmade and other file losses. Computer experts will also tell you to store backup copies of your files "off site" to protect them from major catastrophes, such as fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, or other damage that can destroy computers and backups alike.
I am a strong believer in making frequent computer backups and have written several articles describing various easy-to-use solutions to protect your valuable data. However, the state-of-the-art in backup software keeps advancing with great speed. New and easier solutions seem to appear monthly.
This week I started using a new method of making constant backups of my critical data files. It makes off-site backups of my files all day and all night, every single day. The backup process is automatic; backups are made of all new files, whether or not I am seated at the computer. The backup copies are safely stored thousands of miles from my home and yet are available to me almost instantly, should I need to restore any files.
Best of all is the price tag of this automated off-site backup solution: free.
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