The great thing about mobile devices that you can take them almost anywhere. But the risk is that they contain all information that will be hard to replace. Let's admit it, mobile devices can sometimes be pretty easy to lose. Think about all that data. Personal information like emails, photos, videos, calendars, health data, location data, your Candy Crush high score. It's all stuff that you don't want to lose. In this video, we're going to check out some ways that you can protect your valuable data, even if your mobile device is damaged, lost, or stolen. How do we do this? For each type of important data on your mobile device, you want to make sure that the data is Synchronized or Synced with another location. When you synchronize data, you make sure that the data is the same in two or more places. How does this work? Well, if a calendar appointment is only stored on your device, then you need your device with you to view the appointment. Plus, if you lose access to the device, you lose all the appointment details. Now you will have no idea what time you're supposed to be meeting your friend for coffee. But if you use a calendar that syncs your data, you're all good. A calendar that's signed into an online account will sync any schedule changes or new appointments to a central location in the Cloud. If you sign into the calendar on another device, but using the same account, you'll see the same set of appointments. As an IT support specialist, it's important that you understand what data in which apps are critical to your organization, and also what's critical to the end users that you support. Most organizations will care about business data like email, calendars, and contact information. You might also have apps that manage documents, photos, videos, and so on. Your challenge is to make sure that if the device is lost, you can still recover the data. The best way to do this in which you might be responsible for in your IT support role is to make sure our business-critical data is synced in at least two places. Lucky for us. Many mobile Apps automatically sync. In some cases, mobile apps already use the Cloud as their canonical data source. For example, if you sign into an account for your email and calendar Apps, they'll probably get all of their data from servers in the Cloud or your organization's local IT infrastructure. If you lose your phone, you could just sign into the same account on a different device and get the exact same data. With an app like this, you won't lose any data if the device is damaged, lost, or stolen. It's pretty cool, right? Some apps can be configured to every so often, automatically sync or backup data to a Cloud storage service. This means that you might lose some data if you lose access to a mobile device. But the loss will be limited to the time since the last backup. Other Apps might store their data only on the local device and not be able to back up their data to the Cloud. In that case, you want to synchronize your data to another location in case something happens to your device. Maybe you remember from an earlier video how each app on your mobile device has a specific location where it's allowed to store data. Well, iOS and Android both support backing up this App data to the Cloud. Not only will these mobile OSs backup App data, but also your devices, accounts, and settings too.