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Don’t forget to backup your data on World Backup Day

Whether you’re an individual computer user or an owner of a small business, it’s a good practice to regularly back up your data so that you don’t lose critical information.   That’s the thinking behind World Backup Day, which is recognized on March 31—aptly timed right before April Fool’s Day on April 1. 

With so much of our lives, business records, photos and videos being stored in digital form, it’s important that we take some simple steps that unfortunately too many people ignore. Backing up your data helps protect your life’s work when a hard drive fails. For small or medium-sized businesses, a data disaster could be the end of your company.

Here are some key points about backing up your data from 

  • Items to backup:  your computer, laptop, phone, MP3 player, tablet, other wireless devices, photos and videos on social networks
  • Common ways to lose data:  theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, obsolete file formats, you forgot where you put it (really, it has happened).
  • Backup options:  Backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. There are two main types of backup solutions:
    • local backup: An external hard drive that can be easily retrieved at home 
    • cloud/offsite backup: An online backup service or hard drive securely placed in a different location
    • having both local and offsite backups gives you piece of mind knowing your files are safe and secure
  • If you are working in a business:
    • tell your bosses & colleagues about the importance of data backups
    • check your backup procedures & restores to make sure everything is up-to-date and working
    • if don’t have one, consider creating a company data backup & continuity plan

Similar to how you protect your primary data sources, be sure to add protections, like password-protected access or encryption, to keep your backup data protected from unauthorized parties. 

Don’t be an April Fool—backup your data. 

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