If you are a freelance writer, journalist, or blogger, you’d better start backing up your data. There is no reason to lose all of your precious articles. Data backups are extremely important, and here are just two reasons why.
Laptops Get Lost
In the Billion Dollar Lost Laptop Study, conducted by Intel Corporation and the Ponemon Institute, it was found that among the 329 companies that participated in the study, 86,000 laptops were lost altogether, causing losses of $2.1 billion. Thousands of laptops get lost or even stolen, and unless data backups are done, there is no way to retrieve the lost data. If those companies would have done what was right for their company and backed up their date, their losses would have been minimal.
Ransomware and Other Viruses
Viruses are everywhere. A virus can strike any day, causing your computer to shut down and lose its data forever. Particularly troubling is the Ransomware virus. Ransomware is when hackers install a malicious virus on your computer that encrypts its data and locks the screen. Only the hackers have access to the decryption key, and they force you to pay a certain amount of money in bitcoins for them to give you back your data. Nobody is immune. The Tewksbury, Massachusetts police department was forced to pay $500 to hackers in ransom payments in order to get their data back. A hospital in Los Angeles paid 17,000 dollars to get their patient records back. If they would have backed up their data, they would not have to pay.
So do the smart thing and back up your data.
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