If you’ve ever spilled coffee on your laptop, misplaced family photos or had your phone stolen, you probably remember the agony and the anxiety you felt knowing the information was irreplaceable. Most people consider photos, videos, diaries – basically their memories – their most treasured asset.
World Backup Day is March 31 and aims to educate people and families around the world about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups. A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.
Are you risking your precious memories? The time to back-up is now
Why is backing up your data so important?
According to a recent survey more than 50 per cent of consumers store their data only on their computer – or not at all .
According to the research, more than 75 per cent of consumers store their data digitally and more than 50 per cent state that their personal data are more valuable than their actual devices – solidifying that consumers know they need to preserve their data. In fact, the survey results show that consumers would be nearly three times more upset if they lost their photos than if they lost their phone, computer or tablet.
Data loss occurs more often than people realise or are willing to admit. In fact, it is NOT a question of IF you will experience a data loss but rather WHEN it will happen given the variety of internal and external factors that can happen.
7 ways you can lose your precious data:
- Hardware failure
- User errors
- Loss or theft of a device
- Natural disasters
- Software errors
- Problems you may encounter when upgrading or updating your software
How to protect yourself against data loss?
Remember that one backup copy is not enough. You will get the ultimate protection following the 3-2-1 rule: create 3 copies of your data, on 2 different media, and store 1 copy offsite (or in the cloud). Just as important is to backup on a regular basis so you can minimise the amount of data you lose if something happens.
Just as important as the 3-2-1 rule is the timetable you establish to back up your system on-going. It is recommended that you establish a frequent back-up schedule. Many backup advocates back up on a daily or weekly basis, depending upon how often they use your computer. In order to give you peace of mind and to save you time and effort, you want to use backup software that can automatically back up your system and files.
 The survey was conducted in February 2015 through a Google Consumer Survey and consisted of 366 respondents.