Today the terms 'modern working person' and 'smartphone' go hand-in-hand. The modern working person is so dependent on their mobile phone for company contacts, document storage, image storage, calendar apps and more, that a temporarily misplaced phone sends its user into a panic. And when a smart phone dies, users often feel that it’s the end of the world. We’ve all felt this way, but we don’t have to. There are three things you should know to restore confidence in your smart phone and make it a trusted business tool once again. Related Article: Better Safe Than Sorry: Two-Step Authorization 1. Know how to back up your data the smart way Twenty years ago, backing up data meant owning a large file cabinet. Now, backing up data means exporting your important files to a second device, drive and/or cloud storage platform. Richard Gurecki from FlashFixers recommends a 3-2-1 approach to backing up your mobile data. That is, 3 copies of data on at least 2 different device mediums and 1 offsite storage platform. While taking the extra time to back up your documents may seem like a hassle, there are several great cloud storage platforms that will make backing up and securely storing your data a breeze. Dropbox, Box and Copy are all free cloud storage platforms that offer users secure and easy storage. Each platform comes with its own unique perks and abilities. Read 3 Cloud Storage Platforms that will Keep your Data Safe and Secure to find out more about the cloud storage options available to you. 2. Know that almost any type of data can be recovered So what kinds of data can be recovered? Almost anything. Deleted or corrupted, there is a good chance your files can be saved. Don’t assume that just because something appears to be gone, that it’s gone for good. And don’t make the mistake of throwing away or giving up hope on a dead phone that may still have good or salvageable files on it. In the past, as solid-state memory platforms found in phones and tablets first became popular, data recovery experts didn’t know as much about recovering files stored on these types of drives. Now that more pictures are taken on smartphones than on cameras, and more solid-state drives are being used in place of traditional drives to store important data, file recovery companies have worked hard to discover the best way to recover the vast amounts of documents stored in SSDs. So don't panic. There are people that can save your documents regardless of the form or damage. Related Article: Cyber Attacks & Data Leaks: Do You Need Data Breach Insurance? 3. Know how to find a reputable data recovery company Recovering your files depends entirely on your hardware and the failure you experienced. Plenty of computer technicians claim to be able to recover all your files, but often fall short of their promise. Keep that in the back of your mind, and trust only reputable companies to attempt data restoration. Look for a company with experience in the type of recovery needed. Read reviews and user comments. Call the company and ask questions about your case; each case is different and each reputable company should be able to answer your specific questions. A reputable company will offer a recommended solution with approximate timeframe and cost estimate. There may be an up-front evaluation fee to provide this determination.