Backups are increasingly important in an age of huge hard drives and large amounts of data that if lost, could be disastrous.
The best thing to do is automate backups so that you don't have to worry about them anymore. JaBack allows you to make automated backups of your important data, files, and folders, and save them immediately in ZIP format. The advantage of this is that you don't need any special software to unzip backups - you can simply use WinZip or WinRAR. Alternatively, the program supports the backing up of files to a remote location via FTP, or options to email it to your mail server. You can schedule backups so you don't need to worry about remembering to back up your more important data.
The danger of this, however, is that if the backup fails, you may not be made aware of the problem. Fortunately, the program emails you if this happens so you don't have to worry about bad or half done backups. You can change the date and time of filenames for archiving, and also copy files and directories using wildcards on schedule. This is useful if you need to specify a specific date for a backup that has to be performed on the same date or day every week or month.
JaBack is a fairly decent backup solution, although there's no option to backup anything online and backing up can be a little slow to begin with. However, the fact that backups can be opened with a simple unarchiver make it very attractive for those looking for flexibility.
Scheduled backups and compressed output files that can be opened in any Zip application make JaBack is a solid backup solution.