March 31st has been declared World Backup Day. People “celebrate” World Backup Day by highlighting the importance of backups if you want to preserve your digital life.
Backup your data or you may be the next April fool
Ismail Jadun, founder of World Backup Day, explains: “We all know someone who has lost important files: pictures, videos, music, book reports and/or important personal documents. This World Backup Day is a public appeal to everybody to reflect on your own digital life, to learn about the various options and to get your files backed up. I also hope that World Backup Day sparks conversations about the enormous task of saving our digital heritage for future generations.”
World Backup Day is no superfluous reminder of the importance of regular backups. Over 1.8 zettabytes of data are begging generated per year. And unfortunately, nearly 30% of people have never even backed up their data. That’s a lot of unprotected digital heritage!
Some other figures: Each hour, over 6,000 people lose their phone, which means that about 2,000 of them have irretrievably lost the data on this phone. And we haven’t even started on computer viruses on resulting data loss…
Forgetfulness is not a valid excuse
Many people who fail to backup regularly (or at all), often use forgetfulness and absent-mindedness as main excuse. “We do want to have regular backups, but we always forget to backup at the end of the day.” But you don’t need to remind yourself daily of to perform a backup in order to get this backup done. There are several products and online services available that can automatically perform this daily backup for you. You can choose a local backup to a hard drive, such as the Seagate Backup Plus product family, that comes with software to have a daily backup performed automatically at a set time. You can choose a cloud back-up, such as Microsoft OneDrive. Or you can opt for a combination of both, by having your local backup synchronized with your cloud backup. The good news is: with most Seagate hard drives, an option to synchronize to the cloud is included for free.
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Meanwhile we wish you a Happy World Backup Day and Many Merry Digital Memories!