As a trucker, you travel all over the nation's highways and byways and likely carry with you a number of devices containing important and highly sensitive information. But are you doing enough to protect it? A big part of that effort includes backing up the data you simply cannot afford to lose, but many drivers might not know what that actually entails.
Follow this guide to get a better understanding of what you should be backing up on a regular basis, so that if a device goes missing or is stolen or damaged, you can still get everything you need back:
1) All personal files
Basically, any data you have that contains highly sensitive personal information should be backed up so you can always retrieve it when needed, according to MiniTool. Put another way, you don't want the only digital copy of family photos, tax documents and more to become inaccessible if a device were to be lost, stolen or broken. You therefore need to ensure that information is stored securely in the cloud.
2) Anything you actively work on
Likewise, it's important to make sure that any documents you access and update regularly — such as a journal or financial records — are backed up frequently as well, MiniTool said. With even one misstep on this front, you might find yourself in a situation where you lose months' worth of work, and can't get it back.
3) Financial transaction data like receipts
This one may be particularly important for truckers: If you're taking digital photos of your receipts and other financial documents, that should all be backed up, according to USACI. Otherwise, it might be difficult or even impossible to prove certain purchases happened, especially if you paid in cash and didn't keep the physical receipt.
4) Emails and other communications
The good news is that in most cases, emails are archived automatically by your service provider, but you may sometimes find that older ones get automatically deleted to make space for new messages, USACI added. As such, you might need to start another layer of automatic backup just to make sure you have everything on file.
5) System settings
Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how their favorite devices work, and those settings should be backed up so that in the event of a smartphone or laptop being lost or damaged, those settings are immediately put back into place, according to How-To Geek. As anyone who has gone through this kind of situation before can tell you, there are a lot of settings you may like but don't really think about, and it might not always be easy to remember them all, resulting in needless frustration.
6) Files related to gaming
Finally, if you're a gamer, be proactive about backing up save and settings data, How-To Geek noted. The last thing you want to have happen is losing your saved progress on a game you've spend hundreds of hours on.
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