Four Essential Backups on World Backup Day

Today, March 31st, is World Backup Day! If the thought of watching your cell phone drop slowly toward a pool of water or the idea of turning on your computer and getting the dreaded blue screen of death causes you massive anxiety, World Back Up Day is for you!

What is a backup you say?  I'm so glad you asked!  Put simply, a backup is a second copy of all those vital digital files you have scattered throughout your work and home offices.  It doesn't take much to damage or lose all that important data in your life.  According to WorldBackUpDay.com:

  • 30% of people have never backed up their data
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month
  • 29% of disasters are caused by accident 

These are some pretty scary figures.  It only takes a moment for all the data you love to evaporate!  So what can you do?  There are lots of ways to back up your personal data:

  • USB Drive
  • External Hard Drives
  • Online Cloud Services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive ... the list goes on.

At Quest, we take Data Protection very seriously, this World Backup Day, we have a challenge for you! Whether it is for your business or just your own personal devices, don't miss this opportunity to protect the data that's most  important in your life!   To help you get started, we've put together a list of the basics you'll definitely want to make sure you have backed up safe and secure.

4 Essential Backups on World Backup Day

1.  Home and Office Computers

These two are at the very top of our list.  We've all experienced the panic of having a computer crash and waiting in terror to find out if we've lost everything.  Take few moments to review the files you keep on your work and home computer.  If it's not in the cloud or on your work server, make sure to back up a copy of anything you wouldn't want to lose.  Important work files, financial documents, personal notes, games and saves, the next great literary novel... back 'em up.

2.  Photo Library

We have more photos today then ever before.  We fill up our phones, tablets, and computers with thousands of photos.  Whether it's that perfect selfie, photos of loved ones, or countless cat pics, back up your photo library either to a cloud service or to an external hard drive.  This is easier today than ever.  Most cloud networks can be configured to automatically back up your photos to the cloud as you take them from your mobile device.  Don't lose those precious memories.  World Backup Day is the time to make sure these treasures are safe!

3.  Music and Media Library

In today's age of streaming services, you may not have as many music and video files physically stored on your device.  However, for those of us who still like to buy and download our media files, don't forget to add these to your list of essential backups.  Movies, downloaded music, audiobooks, and any other media file you can think of!    

4.  Mobile Devices

This one should go without saying.  Back up your mobile device.  Back... them...up... often!  We carry our phones and tablets with us everywhere.  Outdoors, on the subway, in tall stairwells, on sandy beaches, in the shower, hanging precariously out of our back pockets... everywhere.  It's easy for these devices to get lost, stolen, or broken.  Most mobile devices make it very simple to back up your data to the cloud on a routine basis, even daily!  So there's no excuse.  Take advantage of these features on your phone and routinely do a complete data backup of your mobile devices.  Then, should that fateful day arrive and you find yourself needing to replace your phone or tablet,  it's as easy as restoring from your last backup. Don't forget to back up your text messages, email, and even voicemail that you might want to save.  

There you have it!  Four absolutely essential backups to keep you busy on World Backup Day!  And, if you want to take your backup and recovery for your business to the next level, check out these Data Protection resources!  It's that simple!

About the Author
Ryan McKinney
Ryan McKinney is a Community Manager at Quest Software.