Most of us have learned the lesson of backing up our computer data the hard way – by losing precious information or photos that can never be replaced. And even then, we can be backsliding despite our best intentions.
Well, here’s your chance to make a new resolution: March 31 is World Backup Day. It’s an independent initiative started by a group of computer enthusiasts a few years ago and now supported by all the big storage equipment manufacturers.
The hard truth though is that you’ll likely only successfully back up your data if you automate the task – set it and forget it, as they say.
There are plenty of programs, paid-for and free, that will do this job for you. You’ll also find that several organizations and firms involved in the backup business post special offers on www.worldbackupday.com (Click on the “Deals” tab).
One additional important point: Even if you back up regularly, you need to check the backups every now and then to make sure they’ve been correctly done. You should also ensure you save a copy of your backup away from your house – give it to a trusted friend or relative or put it in a deposit box in the bank.