The Home Users Guide to Backing Up (Part 1)
Why should I back up?
Backing up is an essential element of information security because it offers a failsafe in the event of a virus/hacker attacker. Not only will a backup prevent the loss of your data, but backups are invaluable when it comes to restoring log files that can provide a picture of what happened to your computer.
One of the most common excuses home users have with regards to backups is that they don't have anything important on their computer. This may be the case when the PC is new, but the more a computer is used the more data it accumulates. People often forget things like stored passwords, bookmarks, instant messenger logs and emails until their hard drive fails or is infected. Unfortunately, it is too late at this point. Security Reference Guide
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