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Data backups can save your skin from all kinds of IT mishaps like dropping your laptop in a lake or having a virus blast through your hard drive. You should be backing everything up! Thanks to the recent spree of ransomware attacks, it's once again time to evaluate your backup system, so you're prepared in the event that some malicious actor locks up your computer.

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When I joined Gmail in 2007 the concept of eliminating deleter's regret changed how I managed all of my data. I went from keeping important things and purging everything else to implementing archive mentality in my whole life. Now I only think twice about keeping huge photo dumps or files larger than about 500MB. Other than that I save everything.

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As great as your smartphone is, there are plenty of things you just don't want to look at on there; you'd rather have them on that big ol' computer screen of yours. Now Bump, which previously let you throw data from phone to phone, is here to help by making it ludicrously easy to get pictures, links or whathaveyou from your phone to your computer.

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Whenever something sketchy happens to your favourite social network's TOS, there are always folks who say they're packing up, taking their data and leaving. But backing up your social data doesn't have to be a last resort. After all, who knows what might happen to the cloud.

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Hurrah for digital media! We've got everything we ever wanted at our fingertips within a second or two — or maybe half an hour if we want it in 1080p. There's just one thing that bothers me: What have we given up in return?

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Corrupt system files, account lockouts and accidentally deleted data are three scary computer problems that often send people running for their backup drives. While restoring a backup may technically fix things, a full system backup is usually a very time-consuming overkill in these cases, and nobody likes the time-warp effect of restoring one (e.g. if your last full backup ran a week ago). When these problems occur, fixing them can be far simpler than you might think.

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Anyone who reads Giz probably knows that even though your data is "saved," it's still susceptible to the decay of whatever medium is storing it. According to one expert, the problem is nearly unsolvable.