World Backup Day: Why you should backup your data

World Backup Day: Why you should backup your data

Have you backed up your data lately?

If you haven’t, then you should take the World Backup Day Pledge: “I solemnly swear to back up my important documents and precious memories on March 31st. I will also tell my friends and family about World Backup Day — friends don't let friends go without a backup.”

What is World Backup Day?

March 31 is World Backup Day, the day that should remind individuals and businesses to back up their data regularly. Otherwise, they run the risk of losing their data and becoming an April fool.

What does it mean to have a data backup?

Backing up your data means creating a second copy of all your important files. So instead of just storing all of your data in one place such as your computer, you have another copy of it somewhere safe, such as cloud storage. By doing so, you can still access your data even if your primary copy becomes inaccessible, damaged, or destroyed.

There are many data backup solutions available. Learn more from our blog on “4 data backup solutions to consider.”

Why do you need a data backup?

Think about all the information you have on your computer — all your emails, spreadsheets, documents, presentations, databases, and more. How important are all of these to your small- to medium-sized business (SMB)?

Now, imagine losing all of your company data instantly. What would happen to your operations? Would you be able to continue serving your customers? What would happen to your employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders? Would you be able to start from scratch, and if so, would you be able to do so right away?

Data loss will hurt your business

For most SMBs, losing data and not having a backup would have devastating consequences. Their productivity would greatly suffer, which could cripple — if not totally halt — their operations. They’d lose customers, suffer a bad reputation, or even be pushed to shut down their business entirely.

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There are many causes of data loss

What many SMBs don’t realize is that there are many things that could cause data loss. Many of these are unintentional, such as:

  • Accidental deletion of data by an employee
  • Lost device containing company data
  • Hardware failure
  • Power outage
  • Natural disaster (e.g., hurricane, flood, etc.)

Data loss could also be intentional, such as when someone steals your device or a hacker attacks your network. In fact, the Ponemon Institute’s 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses report shows that 60% of study participants experienced a loss or theft of sensitive data in the previous 12 months.

The World Backup Day website also shares these alarming statistics:

  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month
  • 30% of people have never backed up

Any of these events can occur when you least expect it, so make sure to take your World Backup Day Pledge seriously — and backup your data on March 31.

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