Monday, March 31, 2014

World Backup Day

Today is world backup day. It is the day to remind ourselves to back up our drives and take precautions to make sure we don't lose valuable data.

A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.
Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe. Remember, it is just not your computer that you need to worry about, it is your phone, and your tablet device. Make sure to back them all up.

Here is some data from the world backup day site.
  • 30% of people
    have never backed up 1 time
  • 113 phones
    lost or stolen every minute 2
  • 29% of disasters
    are caused by accident 3
  • 1 in 10 computers
    infected with viruses each month 
These are just some of the ways that you could lose valuable data, like pictures. You need to back up to other storage. 

This storage can be on additional drives or in what has been termed the cloud. There are many services available for cloud (online) based backup. The easiest way to backup is by obtaining a USB drive and then copying all of your important files to that. How many files you have and how big they are will determine the size of drive that you need, but you do need one. 

There is a saying, There are two types of people in the world, those whose hard drives have crashed and those whose hard drives are going to crash. A computer crash is very scary, but if you have a good back up, it is certainly less scary. 

This is a good article on some different ways to backup.

So happy World Backup Day. Now get out there and get your data backed up.

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