It’s World Backup Day, you know what you have to do

March 31 is the day chosen to raise public awareness on computer backup. The right time to finally get started?

What is World Safeguard Day?

World Safeguards Day is an annual event that takes place on March 31 each year. It is an operation that consists of raising public awareness on the importance of making copies of their files and folders to another medium from time to time, to avoid losing everything in the day to have a problem with the computer, smartphone or tablet.

This type of initiative is not recent. In 2005, the American company Maxtor, which specializes in making hard drives (and, therefore, backup media), launched “Backup Awareness Month”, the month of backup awareness. Over time, the initiative has become a more regular day. During that time, five recommendations were made and they are still valid in 2022:

  • Build a backup schedule: back up data daily or even once a week (there is backup software);
  • Backup Everything-Now, users can easily backup all data from their computer’s hard drive. No need to spend time sorting each file or folder. Invest in a storage solution that doubles the size of your internal hard drive to give your system room to grow;
An external SSD may be suitable for occasional backups. // Source: Seagate
  • Do it automatically – set it and forget it. Use an easy-to-configure solution that offers automatic backups;
  • Rotate Backups: Provide additional protection in the event of an earthquake, fire, flood, or theft. Use two drives and rotate one offsite;
  • Don’t procrastinate-unfortunately, the need to back up data is often a lesson learned from bad experience. Don’t let this happen to you. Did you do it today?

Protect your data and files

The computer is certainly a great tool, but like any device it can undergo more or less serious damage. Without making an inventory à la Prévert, there are many instances where a backup can have your back: your PC doesn’t start, you format a disk accidentally, you lose your equipment, it was stolen from you, etc.

Of course, depending on the threats, some backups are more relevant than others. If you back up your PC to an external hard drive, but experience a flood drowning in it, that hard drive may no longer be useful. This is an extreme example, but it illustrates the value of considering both a local backup, at home, and a remote backup.

Backup is also a good defense against certain computer threats, such as deleting malware data or hostage them for ransom. This is the modus operandi of ransomware (ransomware) and the National Agency for the Security of Information Systems certainly advises to use it, to reduce the risks.

To support the need for backups, the World Backup Day site lists some great statistics, drawn from studies, that should be seen as orders of magnitude: 30% of people never make of backup; 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute; 29% of incidents were accidental; one in ten PCs is infected with the virus each month.

The rule to know: 3-2-1

In an ideal world, procrastination would be unique to backup practice. The reality is very different: obviously, we suspect that this article will not cause a revolution in uses and that many will read these lines with their eyes closed, with a momentary reflection that is really there is something to be done, but laziness remains too strong. .

If by some miracle you remove yourself from your inertia, there is one rule that is getting increasing attention: it is the 3-2-1 rule. Each number assigns an instruction. 3 means you should have 3 copies (one “active”, which you use, and two spare), of 2 types of storage space (a USB key and a hard disk for example) and 1 backup to the cloud, remotely to you.

The 3-2-1 rule for computer backup should reduce the risk of losing anything to almost zero, because you have several copies, on different media, one is maintained in a different geographical location. So even if you’re in water damage, your cloud backup, which is better encrypted, remains dry.

It’s World Backup Day, you know what you have to do
Multiplying backups helps to avoid unpleasant surprises. // Source: Acronis

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