Blog, Linux Support, Mac Support, Windows Support 7.2.2014 Comments Off on Are you prepared?

hdd fire Let’s pretend you have a hard drive failure…right NOW! Or what if your laptop or PC were stolen, or succumb to a really bad virus. What do you do? Well most people think that the 1st step is to call their IT support or their local computer shop. Well that’s actually the next step.

The 1st steps are actually before your hard drive fails (Which would be right now). Setting up either onsite or offsite backup of your precious data. Imagine all of your photos, documents, tax records, and music…GONE in the blink of an eye. If you don’t have a backup solution, it’s pretty much game over. If this sobering thought scares you, and want to stop reading and set your backup now, click here, or plug in your backup drive and start copying everything in your user directory.

OK, I have my backup plan in place, am i done? Well almost! The next step is to jot down things like your email settings. A support technician can help you restore files from backup, but not magically know your email settings and other configuration settings on your computer that are important to you.

Since Outlook is the most common email program, we can show you how easy it is to find your settings. A quick Google search will show you how to find your settings in other mail programs. Click FILE and ACCOUNT SETTINGS and double-click your mail account(s). The important fields to jot down are your incoming (POP3) and outgoing (SMTP) and username and password. But HEY! my password is in asterisks and I can’t remember what I set it as. There is a free app called Asterisk Key that can be downloaded from here. It will reveal that hidden password for you.

Keep all of this information handy and safe just in case, and you can rest assured that if you lose a hard drive or are subject to a theft, you will be covered and your data is safely backed up.

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