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World Backup Day - It’s Time to Backup
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Every year, technology professionals tell you the same thing: “Your digital information is valuable” followed by “Backup your data”. But you may be asking yourself, why should I backup my device and why is it important? The answer is simple, one small accident or failure of your device could destroy all your data. Think of all those pictures you took of your late grandma, the video of your child’s first steps, or even the project you’ve been working on for months at your job. That’s where data backup comes in – and today, World Backup Day, has been dedicated to its importance.

Misconceptions About Backups

  • Price – Typically your phone gives you cloud storage options but these tend to be more pricey. Options like MEGA, Apple iCloud, Google Cloud and OneDrive have more storage options at a smaller price and are available for all your devices.
  • Level of security – Prioritize backup encryption, evaluate your vendors’ security measures, and ensure backup media devices are protected.
  • Ease of use – Cloud backups tend to be the most popular and easiest solution because you don’t need any hardware as you do with most other backups. When it comes down to it, the best backup solution is the one that fits your needs.
  • Efficiency – Devote your bandwidth and storage space to what’s important and skip anything that wouldn’t be a catastrophe if deleted

The Importance of Backups

A backup is a copy of all your important files and a way to protect your data even if the original copy is destroyed, inaccessible or damaged. Data is at the core of most organizations and our digital lives, whether you deleted something by accident, lost access to your data, or had a security incident, losing data is a big deal. If any of these incidents happen to you, your backup will quickly and efficiently restore your device in the event of data loss. With your data properly stored, you can mitigate down time with work or reshare your favorite picture on Instagram with little disruption to your day-to-day.

According to a 2021 Backblaze survey, when asked how often people backup their data, the results were staggering; 20% never, 13% year plus and 25% yearly. Per the year-over-year comparison, these numbers have stayed relatively the same from 2020 to 2021, which is why we will continue to stress the importance of backing up your data. Don’t discover the risks first-hand by not taking the time to back up your data.

Words of Wisdom

I asked our CTO, Alex Lisle for his thoughts on the subject, and this is what he said, “Good backup procedures stop one major avenue of ransomware, you don’t need to pay for your files to be unencrypted if you have a backup of them. They’re also the touchstone for analysis of breaches, the last known good copy to check against. 

There’s a lot of very sexy things that happen in cybersecurity and a lot of very clever solutions in the game of cat and mouse that hackers and companies play. But the truth is that basic security precautions, strong update policy and a good backup strategy can get you very far in preventing and mitigating attacks.”

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World Backup Day - It’s Time to Backup Your Devices

Every year, technology professionals tell you the same thing: “Your digital information is valuable” followed by “Backup your data”. But you may be asking yourself, why should I backup my device and why is it important? The answer is simple, one small accident or failure of your device could destroy all your data. Think of all those pictures you took of your late grandma, the video of your child’s first steps, or even the project you’ve been working on for months at your job. That’s where data backup comes in – and today, World Backup Day, has been dedicated to its importance.

Misconceptions About Backups

  • Price – Typically your phone gives you cloud storage options but these tend to be more pricey. Options like MEGA, Apple iCloud, Google Cloud and OneDrive have more storage options at a smaller price and are available for all your devices.
  • Level of security – Prioritize backup encryption, evaluate your vendors’ security measures, and ensure backup media devices are protected.
  • Ease of use – Cloud backups tend to be the most popular and easiest solution because you don’t need any hardware as you do with most other backups. When it comes down to it, the best backup solution is the one that fits your needs.
  • Efficiency – Devote your bandwidth and storage space to what’s important and skip anything that wouldn’t be a catastrophe if deleted.

The Importance of Backups

A backup is a copy of all your important files and a way to protect your data even if the original copy is destroyed, inaccessible or damaged. Data is at the core of most organizations and our digital lives, whether you deleted something by accident, lost access to your data, or had a security incident, losing data is a big deal. If any of these incidents happen to you, your backup will quickly and efficiently restore your device in the event of data loss. With your data properly stored, you can mitigate down time with work or reshare your favorite picture on Instagram with little disruption to your day-to-day.

According to a 2021 Backblaze survey, when asked how often people backup their data, the results were staggering; 20% never, 13% year plus and 25% yearly. Per the year-over-year comparison, these numbers have stayed relatively the same from 2020 to 2021, which is why we will continue to stress the importance of backing up your data. Don’t discover the risks first-hand by not taking the time to back up your data.

Words of Wisdom

I asked our CTO, Alex Lisle for his thoughts on the subject, and this is what he said, “Good backup procedures stop one major avenue of ransomware, you don’t need to pay for your files to be unencrypted if you have a backup of them. They’re also the touchstone for analysis of breaches, the last known good copy to check against. 

There’s a lot of very sexy things that happen in cybersecurity and a lot of very clever solutions in the game of cat and mouse that hackers and companies play. But the truth is that basic security precautions, strong update policy and a good backup strategy can get you very far in preventing and mitigating attacks.”

Want to learn more about cybersecurity and protecting your data, subscribe below.

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