How do you back up your data?

It’s a simple question. How do you back up your data? But it’s a question that many of us are afraid to ask, even if we know we should. We’re like the kid in class who doesn’t want to ask the “dumb” question, because seemingly, everyone already knows the answer, and we don’t want to appear stupid. Or, we don’t think backing up our data it’s necessary. We just pretend that nothing will happen. Our data will be safe, we think.

Until you drop your phone in the toilet. Or it gets run over by a truck. Or technology gremlins decide to screw with you. Either way, you’ve lost your data, and now what? That project that you worked on for three weeks that’s due tomorrow? Gone. All your contacts. Gone. Everything: photos, emails, important documents — all gone.

Instead of taking risks, take the time to back up your data. Here are some ways to do just that.

Copy your data onto an external hard drive. These little devices can usually hold at least 1 terabyte of data (1000 GB) and run anywhere from $60 to $200. Thumb drives are also another option, but don’t hold as much data, albeit they are much less expensive if you’re on a tight budget.

Burn your data onto a CD. Most computers and laptops come equipped with cd drives and burners. On screen Wizards make the process simple.

Use cloud technology like Digital Drop Box. It’s a free service and gives you lots of free space. If you need more, you can always upgrade. Windows 8 users can use what’s known as OneDrive. And what’s more, your data is available on any device, anywhere.

Don’t be afraid. Don’t take risks. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Back up your data, and show those technology gremlins who’s boss.

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