September is Disaster Preparedness Month...Do You Have a Plan?

by Lynnette Nolan | Sep 14, 2012

This Labor Day weekend, did you access files from your laptop? Did you celebrate Grandparent’s Day by emailing pictures and home videos of the kids? Have you taken a break from Twitter and Facebook to knock out a few intro paragraphs of this semester’s research paper? Is your small business easing back into the 9-5 swing after a schedule of summer Fridays?

There’s a lot going on in September – and since most of it is happening right on our electronic devices, it’s not surprising that September is Disaster Preparedness month. We’re always extoling the virtues of automatic, online backup – but each September we like to remind people just how important it is to ensure your data is protected, especially since disasters come in all forms at any time.

We’ve created a checklist for our home office and small business customers, but the advice really applies to anyone who’s got a digital life. Which nowadays is virtually everyone!

Here are a few tips for anyone who has assignments, pictures, orders, customer contacts, or financial documents saved on their computer:

  • Evaluate your current backup plan. Do you have one? What would you do if your computer crashed or if it was stolen? If you had to leave your home, office or dorm in a flash, would you be able to retrieve data left behind?
  • Backup your data constantly. Make sure your plan is automatic and continual. Carbonite is always working in the background. Set-and-forget is key!
  • Make a plan to recover your files after a disaster. Our support team is available via email, phone or online chat. So if needed, take a deep breath, reach out to Carbonite, and let us help get you back up and running!

Even if you’ve already “fallen” into your new autumn routine, it’s never too late to start practicing data safety with your own DIY online backup plan! Begin today with a Carbonite free trial!