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09/29/2016 06:11 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2017

How to Make Sure Your iPhone is Actually Backed Up

More and more, it's become apparent that backing up data should be something one does actively instead of passively leaving it to your phone manufacturer. Due to iOS 10's recently found issues that may allow hackers to access your data, the time to take action and store your files outside of your phone is here. But we're not all pros at this, and many don't know what options are available or where to even start. If you're trying to find a way to store your sensitive data and files outside of your phone, the following tips will help:

Apple's Option
Of course the easiest option would be to use Apple's iCloud service, which backs up your media files and data into the cloud and is free up to a certain amount of space, with ability to expand. It's a good option for less sensitive data, but may be hackable, as seen by the celebrity nude photos that have been released. In addition it's just good practice to backup sensitive data in a separate place that isn't tethered to just one company but if you just want to get started somewhere, give the iCloud option a shot.

Media
If you're looking to simply move media from one device to another, services like PushBullet and Dropbox allow you to move photos, images, and text files easily and with little cost. I've never used PushBullet for anything besides sending photos to my laptop so I can't say whether or not their backup services are any good, but Dropbox (to me) seems to be the gold standard when it comes to low cost media storage that's accessible from anywhere. If you plan to store a lot of information and media, their upgraded plans are well worth the investment.

The Whole Enchilada
If you're worried about more than photos and want to make sure all of your data is stored locally and avoid the Cloud totally, services like TouchCopy allow you to backup iPhone data to your computer so that you know where your contacts, data, media, and files are at all times. You can also transfer this data directly to an external hard drive for additional security.

Regardless of the service you use, be sure to keep a regular schedule of backups so any potential security threats doesn't cause you to lose valuable data. If you're looking for easy ways to backup your iPhone data but don't know where to start, try one of these 3 options and you'll be on your way to having a more secure system in no time.