Prevent data loss nightmares with auto backup
By Samsung, 26.07.2015.
In the unfortunate event that your data or device is damaged or lost, find out how to prevent absolute disaster by backing up your files to keep them secure.
At one point or another, we've all been there – feeling the overwhelming sense of panic when the worst-case scenario happens to your beloved device. Whether your forgot your phone in your jeans before washing them, your old laptop finally crashed, or you misplaced your camera, losing your precious data can be extremely inconvenient. In the case of losing irreplaceable items like family photos, it can even be heartbreaking. Luckily, with so many new auto backup solutions on the market, protecting your files is easier than ever before. Read on for tons of data backup solutions to ensure that data loss never happens to you again.
How auto backup works
If you set up an auto backup service on your device, you don't have to worry about continuously saving copies of important documents or dragging and dropping items into a folder – largely, it runs on its own. The service continues quietly in the background as you perform other tasks. As you work on new files, like a document, the data backup service saves versions of the file automatically. The file is saved on the cloud, which means you are storing files on a place that is not your computer, where they are backed up and made accessible to you online. This way, if something terrible happens to your device, your files stay safe.
Smartphones are the most frequently lost and stolen electronic devices across the globe, with about 3.1 million smartphone thefts last year in the US alone. Social media feeds endlessly report phones left in taxis or lost while traveling, causing their owners to lose all their photos, contacts and other private information. Luckily, mobile backup is easier than ever, with many brands offering amazing built-in apps to make backup easy.
For example, Samsung mobile backup automatically allows you to save your contacts, email settings, messages, call logs, blocked numbers and much more.
To see if your Android phone has mobile backup, go to Settings ---> Privacy to back up your phone settings, and then back up your email settings under Accounts. Try an app like Photobucket Mobile to auto-backup your photos and SMS Backup+, which backs up your mom's adorable SMS messages and other texts.
Of the many kinds of data loss, losing photos must hit the hardest. Whether you were shooting a special iftar dinner with your grandparents or took some great shots of an Eid vacation with your spouse, those special moments can never be replicated and the special pictures that you captured are lost forever. For those that are constantly on the go or tend to forget about manually backing up photos, smart cameras are an excellent cutting-edge solution. Samsung SMART cameras, such as the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G allows you to wirelessly send photos directly to the cloud so you never lose your memories again, even if your camera gets lost or damaged.
Tablets and computers
tablet or computer is lost or broken, that's when things tend to get really serious – most people store years of files on their personal computers, including thousands of work documents, important photos and videos, and many other files that are personal and irreplaceable. If you're a tablet owner, the vast majority of tablets already have auto-backup built-in; you just need to enable it.
For the Samsung Galaxy Tab, select Privacy --> Back Up My Data. You can also back up settings related to your account by going to Settings --> Accounts and Sync and select every category that you'd like to protect.
Owners of Windows computers can go to Control Panel --> System and Maintenance --> Backup & Restore to set up custom backup settings. Many people who are on the go constantly swear by using a flash memory data backup drive – the portable size makes it easy to fit in your purse or pocket so that you can rest assured that your files are protected, wherever you go.
Best free backup software
So let's say that you prefer not to use Windows Backup for your devices – what are the best free options that you can use to back up your data?
EaseUS Todo Backup Free
This software backs up data and images from your computer, which is great if you're upgrading to a bigger hard drive. Your backups are encrypted, so you don't have to worry about the safety of your information.
Paragon Backup and Recovery Free
Back up your stuff with a stylish and easy-to-use interface that takes the guesswork out of protecting your data. The disk cleaner also makes it easy to get rid of unwanted files so you're only saving what you need.
Best paid subscriptions
Don't worry; the vast majority of backup services aren't going to break the bank. You can get even better protection and special features with paid backup plans.
Get a whopping 1 TB of data storage and tons of features for $44.62 annually, which is enough for 17,000 hours of music, 40 days of video, over 300,000 photos, and 500 hours of movies.
This $59.99 service is special because it not only backs up your files to the cloud, but also allows you to save local backups or backups to another computer. Ultra-fast upload makes this a winner.
Best solutions with both free and paid options
A number of solutions that come pre-installed on some Samsung mobile phones have both free and paid plans.
This cloud solution offers a wide range of plans to back up your data, ranging from free storage of up to 15GB to a charge of $6.99 per month for 1 TB. It also offers 100 GB and 200 GB storage options for $1.99 and $3.99 per month, respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge come with 100 GB of free cloud storage with OneDrive for up to two years.
Used by students and businesses alike, Dropbox also features different tiers. While users can avail of 2GB cloud storage for free, data storage of up to 1 TB is available for $9.99 per month as part of the Dropbox Pro Basic plus package. Several Samsung Galaxy devices, such as the Note 4, also have up to 50GB of free storage for around two years through Dropbox, which also offers auto photo backup.