Stuff happens.Hard drives crash, taking your music and photos along with it. Gmail loses your emails. Twitter mocks you with incessant Fail Whale warnings.
How do you protect yourself?
The answer is to back everything up and do it regularly.
We’ve written about several backup options ranging from file syncing services to full online backups of your entire system. Now we have them all in one place.
The following is our ultimate guide to backing up everything in your digital life: what to use, how to use it, and which services are the best.
Dropbox acts as a virtual folder on your desktop, allowing all your computers and mobile devices to access it and share files. It's our favourite file storage app at the moment, and with so many third-party apps that use it, it's extremely versatile.
Box.net is a file storage service that doubles as a document collaboration tool. It has everything you need to share documents with colleagues and access your files on the go. It isn't perfect, but it's still a solid product for people who need to do a lot of word processing.
Because it has moving parts, your hard drive is bound to fail some time. That being said, you should always keep your files backed up whether through an online service, an external hard drive, or both.
Amazon's Cloud Drive gives you 5 GB of storage and will upgrade you to 20 GB for a year if you purchase an album from its MP3 store. Plus any Amazon music you purchase won't count against your storage limit. But the star feature of the service is the Amazon MP3 app for Android that lets you stream music from your Cloud Drive to your phone.
Evernote is our favourite file organiser and task manager. You can store important documents, photos, and dates amd sync them with your computer and any mobile device. The app already has millions of users and continues to improve with each update.
Twitter will save your 3,200 most recent tweets. That's a lot. But for power tweeters who want their tweets to live on forever, that just won't cut it. We found several great tools that will backup your tweets so you never lose them.
The last thing you'd want is to lose all your Angry Birds data. We have a great trick for making sure all your iPhone Game data stays safe, no matter what happens to your phone.
Unlike your iPhone, Android allows you to backup your data without plugging it into a computer. Here are a few easy tips we have for doing it.
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