Using On-line Backup
Backup - you know it makes sense!
How many of you have lost files, folders, pictures, work, memories when a computer crashed? Probably most of us. So why do we not backup?
Backing up our work and remembering to backup can be difficult or time consuming. It used to be that you had to put your work on a floppy disk or cd at the end of the day. Maybe in work, your IT department takes care of automatic backups? But if you are self employed you may not have an IT department to do this for you.
Make It Easy on Yourself
Taking that phrase from the Eagles, "Take it easy, don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy", here is a way where you do not need to remember to back up each time or each day.
There are a number of on line backup services. I use Dropbox, so I will tell you how I use that but it's likely that other backup services work the same way. (I use Windows, so ave no idea about Macs.)
What is On-Line Backup?
With on-line backup, your articles, documents and everything else are stored online by the company that provides your backup service. With Dropbox, a full copy of all this stuff is also on your computer and any other computer you choose to add it to. I have a PC and a laptop, so i can work on either and know that I am always working on the most current copy of any of my documents, so no finding that I have worked on one document on the PC and another version on the laptop, so both are different!
How Do You Make it Automatic?
I learned a tip several years ago from another forum, the person said, "Work IN Dropbox". What? How do you do that? But it's simple. Dropbox creates a folder on your computer, along with your other folders, so you just create your documents and pictures folders or whatever INSIDE dropbox, so you are always working in there and ALWAYS backed up.
A few programs get confused when they are constantly backed up, such as Scrivener, the software for writers. Just right click on the system tray icon for Dropbox (bottom right of your screen) and click on "Pause" and that will pause Dropbox while you are working.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/iphone-display-app-dropbox-676726/ by AJEL