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World Backup Day: Don’t Be An April Fool!
Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st
Most people do not think twice about their data when it comes to taking photos, saving online documents, emails, etc. It is usually not even a thought on their minds to make a backup until the day they lose everything. Once everything is lost, they might be lucky enough to have had it backed up automatically and restored from the Cloud. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and the data is forever lost, never to be found again.
Whether your data is on your phone or a computer, data is vulnerable and the system that it is on could crash at any time or other damages may occur, such as a virus on a computer, water damage or accidental drop to a tablet or phone, especially in a toilet, or an electronic being stolen. If your phone, laptop, or tablet is lost, so is all of your data.
World Backup Day is a day in which everyone is encouraged to make backups of all their systems so they do not lose their data. According to the World Backup Day website:
World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.
This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet – on reddit by a couple of concerned users. Let’s make this happen!
A backup is a second or duplicate copy of your data, stored in a place other than your current device, normally on a USB drive, a Cloud drive, an additional computer, or a website that specializes in hosting data for backup.
Statistics from the World Backup Day website state:
- 30% of people have never backed up their data
- 29% of data loss is caused by accidents
- 113 phones are stolen every minute
- 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month
What Data Should You Backup?
You could spend hours backing up your entire computer, but it would be more efficient if you chose the most important files on your computer, specifically documents, photos, music, and video files that you deem important and would be upset if you lost, and back these up on a secondary drive or storage area. It will save you time and space to know the exact data that you want to back up.
Knowing exactly what you want to back up will also guide you towards the proper service to use, as many services offer up to 5 to 10 GB of storage for free, which is usually all the average person needs. If you are a person that has a higher demand, takes lots of photos, has lots of music, or stores a lot of movies on your devices, you will probably want to look into a service that offers more gigabyte data storage.
How Do You Backup Your Data?
You can backup your data with a USB Flash Drive, an External Hard Drive, or an online storage website.
Consider these online storage websites which range from FREE to PAID in no particular order:
All of these services offer some type of storage, but come with pros and cons, and different plans, for after you have used all of your free storage space.
For more information and more backup services, refer to: 37 Online Backup Services Reviewed
From natural disasters, hackers, malware, viruses, to common theft, your personal data is at risk every moment of every day, 365 days a year, 52 weeks a year, and is on the verge of being lost, stolen, or destroyed. You can never go wrong by backing up data and storing it in a safe place. Whether you use your computer for personal data or business, or have an iPhone or Android, consider downloading applications to help you back up your data on World Backup Day.
For more information, visit the World Backup Day website at www.worldbackupday.com.