Product Information by Amanda Sanchez Sep 14, 2017 What is Data Backup and what purpose does it serve? A data backup is the action of copying files and folders for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss. Data loss can be caused by many things ranging from computer viruses to hardware failures to file corruption to fire, flood, or theft. Even human error can be the cause by accidental deletion of something important. Data is the most important aspect of your computer. An attacker could crash a computer’s operating system or data may be corrupted or wiped out by a hardware problem. Computers can be lost, stolen, or destroyed in a fire or other catastrophe. Our goal here at Jungle Disk is to help people and businesses protect data that is important to them. Anything from family photos and videos to files that are critical to a business. We recommend that you back those things up on a regular basis. With Jungle Disk you can set an automatic backup schedule that works best for you. This guide shows you how to configure a new backup via our backup vault. When choosing what to backup you’ll want to choose the files/data that could be lost forever should data loss occur. There’s no need to back up software on your computer because that can be reinstalled to a new computer. Jungle Disk automatic backups in a way is meant to be a “set it and forget it” feature, but you don’t want to forget about it for too long. We recommend that you do a test restore from time to time to ensure that a successful recovery can occur when the time comes. This guide shows you how to initiate a restore from the Jungle Disk software. You can also visit our blog post on encrypted backup best practices and how to manage disk usage. The post covers the importance of keeping each backup vault/online disk at a size that gives you the best performance when backing up and restoring data. When your computer or server data becomes compromised, the last thing you want to do is have to worry about getting the data restored in a reasonable amount of time. The larger the vault/disk the longer a recovery takes. If you are a new customer and want an onboarding session we have a friendly support team who stands by to help you configure your automatic backups who will also walk you through our best practices. If you are an existing customer and are curious if you have things set up correctly, we’d love to help with that too. We have phone support (1-888-573-8649), live chat support, and ticket support (firstname.lastname@example.org). We don’t typically have hold times either!