Don’t Be An April Fool

Don’t Be An April Fool

Are you prepared in the case of a computer crash?  Would you lose important files?  What if your phone was lost or stolen?  Would you still be able to retrieve your contacts and photos?  How about when you upgrade Photoshop Elements or other important software tools?  Can you quickly find your most valued third-party files for re-installation?  If any of these questions create anxiety because of your lack of preparedness, read on.

World Backup Day

Tomorrow, March 31st, is World Backup Day.  Yes, it seems that there’s a day for everything these days.  But this one is no joking matter.

World Backup Day is the best day for making a commitment to regularly back up and better protect your data.  This annual reminder is the perfect time to take inventory and make sure your bases are covered in the event of a catastrophe.  Be sure to backup all of your digital and non-digital files.

Why Backup?

Losing your files is way more common than you’d think.  One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about.  Here are some staggering statistics:

  • 21% of the population have never made a single backup
  • 29% of data loss cases are caused by an accident
  • 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 30% of all computers are already infected with malware

Take The Pledge

I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31st – World Backup Day!

Single Most Important Tips About Backups

The single biggest thing you can do to survive in a digital world is to back up your computer on a regular basis.  But don’t just stop with digital material.  Remember to keep copies of vital printed material (i.e., birth/death records, mortgage/lease paperwork, wills, etc.,) in a safe waterproof & fireproof location. But please don’t do it just once a year.

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating today!  Be very cautious about using cloud-based backup solutions.  Even some US government agencies are backing away from “the cloud”.  That alone should tell you something!

Now, go work on those backups & have a great rest of your day…

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