Why You Should Participate in World Backup Day

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Mar 31, 2020
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Imagine all of the digital files you have on your computer, your phone, or your tablet. What would you do if one day all of your files were completely gone? Your work documents, family photos, home videos and Office files would be lost, leaving you without precious memories and years of hard work. The reality is that all digital devices will fail at some point. Whether it be a physical failure due to wear and tear, or a logical error stemming from accidental deletion. The best way to prepare for these unforeseen circumstances is to regularly backup your files onto another form of media.

What is World Backup Day?

World Backup Day began as an independent initiative on the open forum, Reddit. A few concerned users wanted to raise awareness about backups and data preservation. It has since evolved into a globally recognized day on March 31st for tech users everywhere to learn about the increasing role data has in our lives and why it is imperative to protect this information through regular backups.

A backup, by definition, is a second copy of your important files including word documents, photos, InDesign files, videos, and the like. Rather than keeping this vital information on one device like a computer, data is stored on separate media in the event the original copy is lost, destroyed, or corrupted.

Why Do I Need to Have a Backup?

Everyone who owns a device has something in common: they’re human. We are all prone to error and the unpredictability of life itself means there are a variety of failure scenarios that can damage your media. Fire and water damage, accidental deletion, malware, and reformatting are just a few of the ways people lose their critical files. Worldbackupday.com listed several statistics that outline the need for a secure backup solution:

  • More than 60 million computers will fail this year
  • Over 200,000 smartphones are lost or stolen every year
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus each month
  • 29% of disasters are caused by accident
  • 30% of people have never backed up their data

How Do I Backup My Files?

SecureData recommends the 3-2-1 Backup System in which every technology user needs three copies of their data, two local backups on physical storage and one off-site backup like the Cloud. Your physical storage could be any number of external media including flash drives, external hard drives, or SD Cards. In terms of off-site backup, the best choice is Cloud storage or another type of online backup software. Our SecureBackup for Windows software automatically backs up desktop files to the Cloud, while our USB to Cloud app automatically backs up files from a portable external device to the Cloud.

In terms of physical storage, our line of SecureDrives and SecureUSBs are the safest option for backups. The devices are hardware encrypted and FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Validated for government-certified protection. Storage capacities range from 32GB to 8TB to store all of your precious data. The products also come with built-in antivirus protection to prevent corrupt files from being transferred between your host device and the SecureDrive or USB.

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