Can your PC be repaired?
If your desktop, laptop screen or keyboard break down sometimes they can be repaired and this may be cheaper than getting a replacement. Do you have a phone number for someone you can contact? It’s a good idea to do some research and have a couple of companies available to ring to ask for emergency help.
Do you have a back-up of your passwords?
Do you have a back up of the passwords you use for all your accounts? And using one password for every account is not a back up :). There are some excellent online companies providing this service. That way you only have to remember one password. Make sure the back-up device you are going to use is set up to access this service or at least have a note of the website address and login details.
If you are using a local password application make sure the software is loaded on to the back-up PC and you can access a back-up of the file storing the passwords.
Vital access to our eMail
For all of us, one of the most vital parts of being able to continue working is being able to access our email messages. So, ensure you have access to the login details for all your email accounts and you know how to access the webmail for these accounts. If a third party has set these up for you make sure they have given you all the login details you need.
Most of us now use cloud based email accounts which means our messages are synchronised across all our devices. However, if this is not the case for your email set up make sure you have a back up of the file that stores your email messages, eg the Outlook data file.
What is your back-up plan?
Do you store all your files on the one PC? If that PC dies it is going to take a long time to get yourself going again. So, what can you do to be prepared?