Have you ever stopped to think about how attached we are to certain possessions like our mobile phones? Indeed, they are so prominent in our daily lives that they almost become an extension of who we are and have gone from being a mere phone to more like a personal assistant, bank card, computer, camera, video camera and organiser.
Today, our gadgets play a huge role in our lives and even more so if you manage a business, yet we take for granted and naively assume they are somewhat indestructible when in truth they are incredibly fragile and very precious items.
Just consider the average entrepreneur taking a journey, be that local or abroad, they’ll likely have a smartphone and a laptop with them as a minimum. Let’s assume they’re Apple fans and have a recent iPhone (£700+) and a Macbook Pro (£1,300+) that would mean they are carrying around £2,000 worth of gadgets like it’s the most natural thing in the world.
The point is that we have become accustomed to carrying around these precious items to such an extent that we have lost connection with how valuable they truly are, and this is just talking about the monetary value. When you consider the emotional, practical and business value these devices have – it makes for an even stronger case to protect your gadgets.
Whilst most people have insurance that will cover the financial cost of Mobile Computer Repair the real value is found in the data stored on these devices. For this reason, you need to protect your gadgets not just from theft or accidental damage but from loss of important data.
You hear horror stories of people losing all their work, their contacts, and even more heart-wrenching is when they lose precious memories. This is particularly the case if they are memories of someone that is no longer with us or of a once in a lifetime experience such as a honeymoon, or significant moments in your baby’s life. The best way to protect against this type of loss is to regularly backup to the cloud.
Yet, just like how we carry around these expensive devices in a somewhat nonchalant way we have a similar approach when it comes to backing up our data. We seem to naively think that it will never happen to us, and so coast along, presuming everything will be fine and cancelling the pop-up stating your device hasn’t been backed up for 127 weeks… treating it as something you’ll get around to doing; but imagine if you lost your device.
It’s imperative that you back up data.
Another thing to consider, if you don’t have it already, is to take out gadget insurance. This type of insurance is becoming increasingly popular as we collect more and more gadgets.
The majority of gadget insurance policies covers against the majority of risks yet it’s important to read through the smallprint as there can be some sneaky exclusions that are good to be mindful of, particularly in the event of having to make a claim, as insurance companies aren’t in the business of protecting you, they are in the business of making money and when they can see an opportunity to not pay-up, they will usually take it.
In summary, it’s important to protect your assets in the sense of security, insurance and backing up data regularly to the cloud.