It could be worse: In China, after the loss of a personal file (Dang'an), and the records of achievements it includes, it's as if those accomplishments never happened. Imagine losing not just the phone numbers of all your college friends, but your college degree and your high school diploma too.
So, now that you're paying attention, some advice you've probably heard before:
- For data on your PC, back it up offsite, either using an online backup service or by burning CDs or DVDs and storing them somewhere else.
- For data in the cloud, back it up on your PC or burn CDs or DVDs. Some companies, like Google, make it easy to get your data out. If the service you use doesn't make it easy, then let them know how important it is.