Maybe it depends what you do with your laptop. Personal documents can have huge sentimental value (what if you lost your baby photos?) but losing work documents could have a huge impact on your company’s bottom line – or maybe your bonus.
And what if you wrote one of the country’s most popular TV shows and last year’s National Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year? Maybe the content on your laptop is potentially worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in revenues from scripts and books.
It’s that realisation that must have hit national treasure Miranda Hart when her laptop was stolen this month:
“If people who stole my laptop last night in W6 out there. Please please please return. Precious creative projects all lost. Will reward. RT.” Hart tweeted in a desperate attempt to retrieve the work that she lost along with her computer. And it appears that she’s still waiting for an answer.
How much is the data worth or even the reward? Recent research from Mozy found that, where a reward was offered, the average bounty for a lost or stolen item was over £275.
I really hope that Miranda gets her computer back – not least because I want to find out what this season’s laugh is modeled on (please let it be Katy Perry’s Roar). But our advice is to save the reward money and invest in the much more reliable and cost-effective use of online backup.
Businesses can protect their data from under £7 a month and home users from under £5. Check out Mozy for more details.
So, don’t ever put yourself through the heart-stopping, sinking feeling that your data may be gone forever, just get backup. Such fun!