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Good Computer Habits

What if your hard drive crashed right now or someone broke in and stole it? Where would you be? I would be greatly annoyed, but I wouldn't lose anything because I have multiple backup strategies and use secure passwords at every opportunity.

I know people who have lost everything and yet still do not do a proper job of backing up, even though the cost is less than $5/month at most.

So if this describes you also, take a few minutes to read this excellent article by James Fallows and be better prepared for the inevitable problems you will have eventually.

If you are using the same password on multiple different web sites, especially if any of them have your credit card or banking information, you are inviting a massive headache and weeks of frustration.

I have long been a LastPass user and Fallows recommends it in his article. Take a look - it's free for most uses (you have to pay $1/month to use it on your mobile device but free for your laptop and desktop computers).

Be smart, backup and secure your data before you lose it (again).