Every year just before April Fools’ Day, World Backup Day takes place on March 31st. Unlike April Fools, World Backup Day is no laughing matter—it’s an important reminder for people worldwide to back up their personal data!
We all have important data on our computers, phones, and tablets. There’s photos of our family and friends, contact information, important documents, and much more. No matter how careful you are, it’s very easy to lose that data. Accidents and hardware failures happen, phones get lost, viruses and malware destroy (or ransom) your files, and disasters can occur.
What is backup?
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.
But why should I backup?
Losing your files is way more common than you’d think.
Ever lost your phone, camera or tablet? That counts. Your stuff could have been saved with a backup.
One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about.
- 30% of people have never backed up
- 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident
- 1 in 10 computers infected with viruses each month
So how do I backup?
Most people backup their files in one of two ways: to an external drive, or somewhere on the Internet.
It’s really easy. You’ll need an external hard drive for this, preferably one that holds more than your computer can.
The good news is, they’re cheap!
For further information and instructions, visit the bottom of this page http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/
And finally, don’t forget your phones! If you have an iPhone, you can backup to iCloud, and it’s a good idea to occasionally backup to iTunes on your computer, too (this way, your computer’s backups will also backup your phone). Android users can use Google Sync to back up, and again it’s worth occasionally connecting your phone to your computer and copying files over.