1. IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR…
Anyone who has been receiving these emails over the years — decades?! — will already know my annual plea:
Backup your computer!
This is something that is both simple and essential. The software is built-in to all Macs, called Time Machine. To use it you need an external hard drive. Forget about cloud backup, until our internet improves dramatically cloud backup isn’t practical.
Any external hard drive will do that has enough capacity. If buy a new one it will have 1TB (1 terabyte) as a minimum, which is good for most people unless you have a hugehard drive with huge amounts of data.
Buy anywhere and don’t worry whether it is formatted for Mac or PC because your Mac will re-format it for you to be used by Time Machine. The Post Office has as good prices as anyone at about $90 for a 1 TB portable external hard drive.
Once you plug it into the Mac a box should pop up asking if Time Machine can use the newly inserted disk to backup. Say yes, let it Erase the drive if need be and away you go. As long as it is plugged into your Mac it will backup every hour, doing incremental backups of anything that has changed since the last backup.
Now you are safe. Your data is on the computer and a copy is on the external hard drive. It you like you can get two external hard drives and do two backups. When I go overseas or on any trip I take a backup of my data with me because you never know what’s happening while you are away…