Got Your Back: Data Protection for Families

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Imagine an all-too-common scenario. Dana is a college student putting the finishing touches on her senior thesis. Suddenly, her screen goes dark. She tries to restart her laptop and... nothing.

In a panic she calls her dad, who set the computer up for her before she left for college. Unable to access her PC, he isn’t much help, other than to direct her to the computer repair shop on campus. Unsurprisingly, they inform her that her hard drive has failed. Some of the data may be recoverable, but no guarantees. And of course they have a backlog – it will be another week before they can get to it. Dana’s thesis is due tomorrow, and she’s still not sure if any of it still exists.

It’s tempting to think of a hard drive as a safe deposit box. We trust our home computers with everything from precious family photos to detailed financial records. For some, electronic records feel safer than paper files – the risk of fire or flood or misfiling doesn’t seem quite as real when the content only exists digitally. But unfortunately, hard drives fail every day.

Meanwhile, ransomware is on the rise. Many individuals and organizations are having their personal data held hostage by malicious criminals seeking quick cash. According to the FBI, ransomware known as CryptoWall extorted over $18m before it was shut down.

Yet, with all the threats to our digital files, few of us have an adequate backup plan. Without one, our data is in jeopardy of being lost forever, and that includes more than just term papers. We’re talking about wedding photos, tax records, home videos, personal emails, and everything else a family accumulates.

Protecting your family from the devastation of data loss requires more than simply making extra copies of your files. Even when people take basic precautionary steps to back up their files, many still find themselves at a loss when outages or attacks occur. That’s in part because, according to digial data aggregator TekCarta, the average North American household currently has more than three personal computers. Trying to keep up with all the daily changes in a modern family – especially one with members away at college or elsewhere across the globe – is daunting, complicated, and time-consuming.

But a solid data protection solution can give you the peace of mind that all of your family’s data is adequately protected. Installing backup software ensures that backups occur regularly and secures the most current version of your files on any device. It can even provide visibility and accessibility to your files from anywhere via an online portal, and let you recover them remotely in the event of a system failure or security breach.

Acronis True Image 2017 accomplishes all of this. Affordable subscriptions are tiered to accommodate multiple devices for families, even when everybody has a different device. Its straightforward interface can be operated by anyone, not just a campus repair technician. And a more IT-savvy user can remotely backup every computer in the family with an easy-to-use online dashboard of all users. So Dana’s dad can ensure the safety of all of her data without even sitting at her computer.

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