Constant backups are an essential part of avoiding the worst if your hard drive ever decides to die on you or your laptop is stolen etc.
Hinx Backup Easy is an unglamorous but very easy to use backup solution for basic backup needs. The program allows manual and automatic copies and backups that you can schedule for the day and time of your choosing so you always have a list and copy of your most important documents without worrying about it. You can schedule the backups to be made automatically to your hard drive or FTP server and choose whether you want unique backups each time or just to copy over the old files. Hinx Backup is a cross platform app because it's written in Java but the downside of this is that it can be rather clunky and unnecessarily slow. Since the program is so basic, I'm not sure why they had to do this. On the plus side, it is extremely easy to use and doesn't change the format or compression ratio in any way so your copies are always pure.
A simple but effective program although the developers could have avoided the Java and made it much better. It's also not exactly sophisticated for advanced backup needs.