Friday the 13th

When I was a kid, horror movies were very popular. I can remember going to the cinema to watch Jason Voorhees relentlessly pursue college kids vacationing at Camp Crystal Lake with his singular goal: terrifying, bloody violence.

Over the years, I’ve come to see my files like the kids at Camp Crystal Lake: endangered. I’ve seen hard disks utterly destroyed due to unfortunate falls from high places, I’ve seen viruses irradiate entire systems such that every file on them became a harbinger of doom, and I’ve seen cases of accidental deletions and reformats that erased important data.

If you’re at all superstitious, you’ll know that all of these things are more likely to happen on Friday the 13th than on any other day.

So what to do?

A backup is the best way to transform utter disaster into mere inconvenience. With Apple’s Time Machine, restoring a few deleted files takes minutes. Even a total system restore is just a few hours away with a backup.

And without a backup, let’s just say that Friday The 13th can really be a horrible day.

And that’s why I’m here to remind you: if you haven’t been running backups every day (you should), run a backup today. Don’t wait. Very few instances of data loss provide any warning. Most of the time, there’s a sudden unfortunate event, and then it’s all over.

  • So go out and buy some external hard disks.
  • Subscribe to and set up a cloud backup solution.
  • Configure Time Machine on all your Macs.
  • Run that backup today.

And remember: Friday the 13th comes twice this year.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

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