We can all be surprised to learn that the entire internet was down for a bit during the week of February 6-10.
But it’s been a long time since we’ve seen an outage of this scale.
In 2014, the FCC passed a new rule that required internet service providers to set aside $10 billion a year to cover the costs of restoring service.
That meant companies like Verizon and AT&T would be required to set up emergency infrastructure that could be activated as a backup should the network be down for too long.
But for the most part, that infrastructure is mostly in place, and it’s a great idea.
If your internet service provider doesn’t have any emergency infrastructure, then you can still have an emergency backup plan.
You can set up an automated backup plan on your own computer and use it to backup all of your data.
You don’t have to worry about setting up backup devices on your phone or tablet.
If you need to do more than just backup, you can also use a backup service like BackupBuddy to keep a list of backup locations so you can be prepared for a loss of service.
If there’s an outage, you’ll need to quickly set up a backup.
Here are the best backup apps for the internet.