World Backup day
History of #WorldBackupDay
Originally known as World Backup Month and later changed to World Backup Day was first celebrated in 2011. Maxtor, a company specializing in hard drives, initiated this annual celebration. Over the years, it became known as a day when we do not say, “we will fix it tomorrow”.
This National Day, held every year on March 31st, reminds us to make more copies of our digital documents or risk losing them forever.
Understand the importance of your data
It must have happened to all of us - that your precious photo or video was suddenly gone from your device. It might be due to the damaged hard drives, hacked computers, faulty phones or any other error that deleted non-refundable items, but we all certainly encountered such a situation.
“Backup” means creating a second copy of any digital file so that it can be restored in case of a data loss event.
It usually takes 15 minutes to an hour to back up all existing files on your mobile device, laptop or computer. And in case your device breaks down, your files will be safe and secure in cloud storage or on an alternative piece of hardware.
Everyday, people and businesses lose enormous amounts of valuable data because they do not adequately follow the basic procedure of backing up their data.
Backing up your data is essential for many reasons, including allowing your organization to continue as usual in unforeseen circumstances.
Losses can happen anywhere: from critical server failures through natural disasters to man-made physical losses such as theft or sabotage. In addition, ransomware attacks are on the rise globally and are evolving to be more complex.
Most people do not know how to secure their data fully or are not familiar with ways to protect their important files. You may think your computer is safe, but 1 in 10 of all computers, including home and business computers, is infected with a virus that can suddenly cause all of your data to be unable to find or disappear forever.
For example, when you lose or have someone steal your mobile phone, you run the risk of someone accessing important data, such as bank accounts, card details, passwords, pictures and valuable documents.
Do we want to risk losing it all when backup options are so simple and affordable?
Why do you need to Backup:
- 21 % of people have never made a backup
- 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident
- 113 phones have been lost or stolen every minute
- 30% of all computers are already infected with malware
How to backup files and protect yourself?
There are countless ways you can save and secure your data. Most Android phones are connected to some form of backup system, as well as iPhone devices that are connected directly to iTunes.
Android phones are connected to Google services. Google Docs and Google Backups link all your data to your profile, uploading it to a secure location. These services store your data so you can access it from any computer or mobile device.
If you haven’t already, invest in an external hard drive or USB stick or buy cloud space. While you wait for your file transfer to reach 100%, take a moment to plan your next big data dump because backing up your data once a year is not enough.
Try to back up your phone, computer, tablet, and other desired devices at least once a month and remind people around you to take the same precautions.
How do we do it?
In the modern world, it’s all about automation and security. The tricky part can be combining those two and still coming out on top as a reliable Cloud service.
One of the most crucial security factors is, without a doubt, backup management.
Having a backup plan is just as important as having that information in the first place. It means either a script that copies your data to a zip file and stores it on a remote server or a database server group that separates one point of data and spreads it to multiple hard drives for ultimate reliability.
First thing’s first, depending on your infrastructure, you should backup the following:
- network gear configuration (Oxidized)
- local machines (Duplicacy)
- database systems (Ceph)
- Linux containers (Snapshot/Image)
- overall useful (Crontab custom backup scripts)
Data losses are happening more often than before due to increasing advances in technology. How would you react if a project you’ve been working on all year was lost? Is this information easily interchangeable? We advise you to make copies of documents and do a backup if you have not already done so, at least on this day, every year.
Sometimes all we need is a little bit of security.
Stay safe and be backed up!