Ways to Save You From a Tech Oops

Published On May 1, 2014 | Tech Business

The more advanced we get with technology, the more immune we think we are to total breakdowns of our systems. But one thing we have to realize is that no matter how good our technology is, disasters can still strike at any time. Be prepared for the worst scenario and save yourself from experiencing a tech oops with these tips:

Back Up Your Hard Drive

If you are a personal computer user, it is important to always back up your hard drive. You never know when a sudden glitch in your system will make your entire computer unusable, hence destroying everything saved to your hard drive. Even though this problem is typically synonymous with older PC’s, even a brand new PC can still suffer major problems and cause all your work to be lost if you haven’t backed it up.

The old-fashioned way is an easy way to back up your hard drive: purchase an external hard drive that you can plug into your USB drive and back up necessary files every so often. Another way to back it up is to pay a yearly fee for an online service such as Dropbox, Carbonite, Google Drive, iDrive, iCloud, Mozy, or SkyDrive. Most of these services can back up a large percentage of your PC files.

There are also built-in Windows apps, like the File Recovery tool in Windows 7 or the File History tool in Windows 8, that can help you back up your files.

Back Up Your Smartphone

If you want to back up smartphone data, this is another very simple process that will save you a ton of hassle later on. If you purchase an Android phone, all of your data is automatically backed up with your Google account. For example, if you save a new contact to your phone you can log onto Google on your computer and find all of the same contact information stored to your account.

If you have an Android device, open your settings option and select “backup my data” and then “automatic restore”, which will allow you to have all of the same data, including contacts, photos, videos, and purchased applications when you get a new phone.

Another simple way to back up your smartphone data is to use the USB cable that came with your phone and plug it into the USB drive of your computer. From there, your phone essentially becomes a drive and you can pick and choose which files you want to store on your computer. This is another useful technique if you are simply trying to get rid of big files on your phone that slow it down.

Unsend Emails

Another cool Google feature is unsending an email. On Gmail, if you send an email prematurely – maybe you weren’t done with the email body and accidentally hit send or didn’t mean to send it to a specific person – you have up to 30 seconds to “unsend” the email. Simply go to your settings and click the “Labs” feature on the third to right option. Within those options, you’ll see an option below to “Undo Send.” If that option is enabled, once you have an email ready to go, hit send, and at the top of the screen where it tells you it sent, there will be an option to “undo.”

Although technology is rapidly improving, it isn’t perfect. Protect yourself from an embarrassing tech oops by following the mentioned tips.

What’s your tech oops solution?

– By Jessica Oaks

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