Theft, accidental deletion or a technological malfunction can cause you to lose documents, photos and other data stored on computers or mobile devices — unless you have a backup plan.
To perform a data storage backup, follow these steps:
- Check your computer to see if it has backup software that makes data copies.
- Store data on USB flash drives or external hard drives or online using cloud-based storage. (USPS employees are prohibited from storing Postal Service information on personal computers, devices, flash drives or external hard drives).
- Keep flash drives or external hard drives containing stored data someplace secure.
The Department of Homeland Security has more information about backing up personal computers and mobile devices.