Today, we carry around so many gadgets that are of such great value, yet we take their value for granted, both in economic and social terms.
Just a decade ago, the idea that most people today would carry a device worth $1,000 in their pocket that they would subsequently get out anywhere and everywhere – even taking it on roller coasters, would have been hard to believe… as people simply wouldn’t have considered walking around with such a high value asset that was so easy to drop or have stolen.
Perhaps, people were more cautious back then, or maybe we have just become accustomed to walking around with a $1,500 laptop under our arm, a $1,000 phone in our pocket whilst we travel around on a quirky gadget from The Electric Rider such as a hoverboard or electric skateboard.
Mobile phones have become so prominent in our daily lives they are almost an extension of who we are; indeed, smartphones are the modern equivalent of a swiss army knife. Our gadgets play a huge role in our lives, yet we take them for granted and get them out, as if they are indestructible, when they are incredibly fragile items, in reality.
We have become accustomed to carrying around these precious items to such an extent that we have lost connection with how valuable they are, and this is just talking about the monetary value. When you consider the emotional, practical and business value these devices have – it makes for an even stronger case to protect your gadgets; be that from accidental drops on a hard surface or theft.
You hear horror stories of people losing all their work, their contacts, and even more heart-wrenching is when they lose precious memories. This is particularly the case if you have a corrupt video file. The best way to protect against this type of loss is to regularly backup to the cloud.
Yet, just like how we carry around these expensive devices in a somewhat nonchalant way we often have a similar approach when it comes to backing up our data. We seem to naively think it will never happen to us, until it does! We coast along presuming everything will be fine and often close the pop-up box that encourages us to back-up as your device hasn’t been backed up for several weeks or months… treating it as something you’ll get around to doing – but then, if it does happen to you, you end up kicking yourself.
Another thing to consider, if you don’t have it already, is to take out gadget insurance. This type of insurance is becoming increasingly popular as we collect more and more gadgets.
The majority of gadget insurance policies covers against most risks yet it’s important to read through the small print as there can be some sneaky exclusions that are good to be mindful of, particularly in the event of having to make a claim.
In summary, it’s important to protect your assets in the sense of security, insurance and backing up data regularly… as it’s all too easy to forget how much value these gadgets have to us, and it’s only usually in hindsight that we realize their value.
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