My Smart Home Hub crashed on me today, and I lost control of all of my Smart Home devices. I couldn't work out what happened and, in the end, all I could do was reset the device. Lucky for me, I was able to recover all my device and automation data after resetting from a backup.
Now, it wouldn't have been a catastrophe if I didn't have a backup, and had to reset all of my Smart Home devices up from scratch. It would just be a time consuming to reset all the automation flows. It was a good thing that I had a backup, as it saved me a lot of time.
This small incident has reminded me that I need to make sure that I backup all my data regularly. Don't leave it to next week to backup, backup now. Data loss can occur at any time and for all kinds of reasons. Backing up your data is like putting your data in a vault, where you can quickly and easily access in an emergency.
The more places your data is backed up, the better, and there are many ways you can back up your data. Whether it be to an external hard drive or in cloud storage, it doesn't matter which method you use. Choosing to use both ways at the same time is probably your safest bet.
The chance of your losing all of your data is low; however, you want to make sure you can recover quickly. Think of data backup as one of those better-safe-than-sorry precautions. It won't cost that much, but the cost of going without a backup could be greater.