Are You Prepared For A Technical Fail?
Technical things go wrong all the time as more of our tools require technology. Recently my hard drive went and within 12 hours my Droid. Thankfully the Droid was repaired quickly. It was due to a power surge from a thunderstorm. Are you prepared if one of your gadgets goes down for a few days or longer?
It really got me thinking. I can do most things with my Droid or Tablet but not all. I cannot get images into blog posts or new products onto websites (yet). This was not the first time nor will it be the last that this will happen. I wrote about it on one of my first posts as a hurricane was close to the coast here last summer.
Things I’ve learned so far
- Back up everything – Always back up your blogs via the export button and save separately.
- Back up all your files onto a flash drive or even twice on 2 different flash drives for extra security. You never know when one of those delicate flash drives will break too. You could also burn them onto a disk.
- Passwords- Never store on your computer, type them on word document, print out and keep somewhere safe. You should change passwords often as Sonia from Logallot just wrote in her last post at Logallot about passwords and staying safe online.
- Work ahead of time – Have blog posts in the making – so if you are down and need to edit or just hit publish it can be done from other devices.
- Know where you can go to borrow – I’m taking classes at a local college part-time so I could use their computer lab if necessary. I could also borrow my dad’s if I could get him off it – LOL.
- Phones – Be sure your contacts are saved via your cell phone provider. Love that service. Who keeps numbers all written down now? (That could be Plan C)
- Get fun flash drives like these below – How could you forget to do a backup with these fancy gadgets?
Of course I like this idea from Her Social Network over on Twitter:
@lisapatb Computer problems are so not fun.Had them last week…Debated on fixing the computer via backing the car up on it!
— hersocialnetwork (@hersocialnetwrk) June 25, 2012
Yes, technology can sure get frustrating when it’s not working. But having a back up plan ready for when things go wrong can make that time period a little less daunting. I’d love to know what you do when you are down with your technical tools for your website or blog.
Do you have a back-up plan for a technical fail?