World Backup Day – Back Up Your Data Today!
If you didn't know already, I'm passionate about backups!
I'm probably the only person who is passionate about them, but I've witnessed too many disasters.
Disasters that were preventable.
If you don't want to be the next disaster - then read on...
World Backup Day
March 31st has been set aside as World Backup Day:World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.
Don't be an April Fool. Backup your files and check your restores on March 31st #WorldBackupDay
What is a backup?
A backup, in computer terms, is basically a copy of your files being stored on another media.
For example, you could copy the files from your computer hard drive to an external USB hard drive.
We’ll come back to other options later, but first, lets examine why.
Why should I backup?
Everyone who owns a computer should have a backup plan.
- Imagine YOUR computer hard drive crashed...
- Imagine YOUR computer is stolen...
- Imagine YOUR computer is destroyed in a house fire...
When I say computer I also include smartphones and tablets in the same category – essentially any computing device that creates and stores data.
It's not a question of will you lose your data—it's when! #backup now
Don't believe me?
Here are some real-life stats and stories for you...
- 30% of people have never backed up
- 113 phones lost or stolen every minute
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident
- 1 in 10 computers are infected with a virus every month
- 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control
- 140,000 hard drives crash in the US every week
- 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down with 6 months of the disaster
- Take my friend Liz who ran into some PC problems and was advised to ‘wipe her computer and start again with a clean install.’ That’s great advice to fix the PC problem, but they just missed the bit about losing everything, as in absolutely everything, when you ‘wipe your PC.’ Now Liz no longer has her photos from her special once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa.
- A colleague had undertaken a two-year research project. Data was saved on the computer hard drive and as a fail-safe on a portable hard drive. The computer hard drive crashed and the portable hard drive was stolen!! This was before the advent of Cloud technology.
- Take my step-daughter Steph who saved all her university work on a portable USB stick even though she read my book on The Cloud. Guess what happened when it snapped in two? Yep, all the data was lost. 2 years down the pan!
Losing your data under any circumstance is a painful experience. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your personal data or your business data – it hurts!
Losing your data under any circumstances is a painful experience! Make sure you #backup everyday!
Why do I need more than one backup?
When it comes to backing up your files it’s wise to remember the computer backup rule of three, also known as the Backup 3-2-1 Rule, to help ensure that your data will last.
You need off-site backup storage, plus backups to different media types, plus multiple copies of everything you want to protect.
To quote a popular phrase: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!”
- - Except at Easter, when you can definitely put all your chocolate eggs in one basket!
How do I backup?
OK, so to put that into context, here is my backup plan. Using the Backup 3-2-1 Rule I store my data in a number of places and a number of different formats:
- MacBook: internal hard drive
- Seagate Backup Plus: 1TB portable external hard drive
- iCloud: Apple Cloud backup system to sync data and photos across multiple devices; iPhone, iPad, MacBook, etc.
- Google Drive: Google Cloud Storage (15GB free)
- Backblaze: Online Backup Service (Unlimited data @$5/month)
Cloud Storage or Online Backup?
Just a quick note to highlight the difference between these two terms:
Cloud Storage allows you to store selected files on the Internet so you can share them and access them whenever you wish; e.g. Dropbox and Google Drive.
Online Backup allows you to back up your whole computer so you can easily restore your files; e.g. Backblaze, iDrive and Livedrive. These services usually entail loading a small application on your computer and then letting the backup run in the background. The initial backup may take a while depending on the amount of data to backup, thereafter only new or changed files will be backed up.
Should I use the same backup plan?
No, not necessarily - it all depends on your circumstances and requirements.
When I was searching for a backup solution I came across many different options. You can find them all listed in my ebook: Online Backup and Cloud Storage Resource Guide.
A quick word about Backblaze
Here's why I chose Backblaze for my backups:
- Easy To Try: As a Mac user I wanted a service that would work well on the Mac platform and Backblaze make a special case for that. (They also have a special case for Windows too!) So I decided to give the 15-day free trial a go to see how it performed.
- Easy To Use: It was very easy to download the installation file and start my backup. Within minutes files were being backed up from my hard drive to the Backblaze servers. You don’t have to worry about which files to select for the backup; Backblaze automatically finds your photos, music, documents and data.
- Easy To Restore: During the trial period I made a restore request to test if that worked. Again this was a seamless operation.
- Easy To Support: I made a support request to check how quickly and effectively my query could be resolved. The support ticket was raised immediately and I received an answer within 12 hours; this was excellent service.
- Easy To Buy: Based on my experience I decided to purchase the Backblaze service and was presented with 3 simple payment options: $5/month, $50/1-year or $95/2-year.
Based on my experience to date I have no hesitation in recommending Backblaze for your Online Backup:
When making your selection, think about the following:
- Do you need unlimited storage for all your data, or will a certain amount (e.g. 100GB) be sufficient?
- Do you need to backup multiple computers or just one?
- Do the files on these computers need to be synced?
- Do you have different types of computer; e.g. PC, Mac?
- Do you need to share files with other people?
The Cloud Backup Collection
As I mentioned earlier, I am passionate about backups, so much so that I put together a collection of resources to help you.
You will find some of the information above in the books, but they contain a whole lot more.
Here's what you get:
The Cloud eBook: Protecting Your Digital Assets
- Discover what the Cloud is and how you can use it to safely store and backup your data...
Cloud Storage and Online Backup Resource Guide
- This is the definitive resource guide on Cloud Storage and Online Backup...ignore it at your peril...
The Cloud: Exclusive Interview with Paul Hollins
- Listen to my interview with well-known UK radio host Paul Hollins and discover:
- 3 surprising facts about the Cloud
- 2 ways to save time and money
- 5 quick tips to get your data backed up today
Here's what people have to say about them:
David's excellent "Cloud Storage and Online Backup Resource Guide" is brilliant and on point. I've been a Systems Analyst for over 30 years and even I learned something! If the whole idea of backups has you twisted in knots, this is the guide for you. Superb!
Unleash Your Inner Tech
David’s "Cloud Storage and Online Backup Resource Guide" reveal excellent comparisons of current online storage methods, including CrashPlan and Backblaze, to name a few. His collection of similar guides are the perfect example of consistency, value, and convenience that I strive for in my own content creation. If you need cloud solutions and you don’t have time to “dig” up the research, grab David’s guides.
The Kitchen Girl
The presentation and styling of the eBook and Resource Guide, including the coordinated colours is remarkable. In fact, when I saw it, it immediately made me think, ‘This is a quality product!’ even before I had read the opening paragraph… Everything is organised in a logical order… and everything is clear and easy to understand… I especially like the comparison tables – super, super helpful.
Smart Income Detective
In ‘The Cloud’ eBook David has explained in easy to understand terms what is meant by the Cloud and how I can use it to my best advantage for my personal storage needs. I will be recommending it to my clients, as I believe this should be mandatory reading for any small business owners who need to keep their important data safe.
CMW Business & Accounting Solutions
I really enjoyed your ebook on the Cloud and it was useful to provide a Resource Guide as well. It was interesting to learn more about the Cloud, and more to the point why it's important that we use it. The Resource Guide will be a godsend for anyone who doesn't have Cloud storage and backup already or is thinking of changing theirs to a new provider.
Tim Bonner Blog
Having read what David has to say on this matter I'm sure, like myself, you will be inspired and motivated to protect your data as quickly as possible. You will learn that backing up your data is a relatively easy process and will save you so much time and expense.
Klis Skincare Range
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Here's what you have learned today:
- March 31st is World Backup Day - Don't Be an April Fool!
- Remember to follow the Backup 3-2-1 Rule
- The Cloud Backup Collection will help you understand more about backups
- Remember to backup your WordPress site as well as your personal files
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below:
- What backup plans have you put in place?
- Have you tried a restore of your backup to check it is working OK?
- If you haven't backed up yet, please come back and tell me when you have!