As we continuously become more reliant on technology to receive and store our information, it is important to protect our digital documents as much as possible. World Backup Day was created by a hard drive company meant to be celebrated the day before April Fool’s Day so that we would be reminded to protect our information and not become the punchline of a joke played by our own devices. Instead of constantly saying “I’ll do it tomorrow”, take this day to actually spend time backing up your photos, videos and documents.
How should you “celebrate” World Backup Day? Invest in an external hard drive if you don’t have one already. You can also purchase a USB stick or subscribe to additional cloud space for automatic backups. Plan to back up your data more than once a year. Once you have reached 100% on this backup, pencil a day into your calendar for regularly scheduled backups to ensure the safety and security of your information. You never know what could happen! According to the World Backup Day website, 30% of people have never backed their information up. There are also 113 phones lost or stolen every minute and 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month. Don’t let your precious memories or personal information be compromised when there is a simple fix for protecting yourself.
When you choose to back up your data, you’re making a second copy of anything and everything that you could not imagine losing. Devices are easily replaceable, but important files are not. Think of writing a 3,000 word essay for a class and losing it at the drop of a hat. This is why backups are important! Always prepare for the unexpected and stay on the safe side with all of your information in multiple places.