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A data backup is something you can live without – until you need it! And backing up your precious data onto a second hard drive inside your PC just doesn't cut it any more. You need to be covered not only against drive failure, but PC failure, PC loss or theft, and total loss of your stuff from the likes of fire or flood.
To make sure you are protected from data loss from a disaster such as fire or flood you either need to have an off-site backup (either in the form of an over-the-web backup if you have the bandwidth for it, or by backing up to an external drive and taking that to a secondary location) or you need a solution that can withstand fire and flood.
ioSafe have a range of products designed to protect your data if the worst does happen. These solutions don't come cheap, but if you or your business relies on the data you have, it may be a small price to day.
Duck tape, plastic ties and superglue
All essentials for fixing things that are broken. These might seem trivial, but they won't seem that way when you need any of them!
Might be worth throwing a small can of WD40 in there too. Not only is it great for loosening stuff off, it's a fantastic water displacer and can be used – at a pinch – to dry out things like hard drives and circuit boards. It's not idea, but it does work.
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Information is power, and while your main access to the web might be down, you might be able to connect using the 3G/LTE network using a dongle or hotspot device. It might not be good enough for you to steam films from Netflix, but it can allow you to get access to news, weather and other information.
You can pick these up either from phone stores or online. Personally, I think it's best to get an unlocked on so you can ick and choose the provider you go with based on price and service in your area.