Celebrating Backup Awareness Month – EXPIRED
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Well over half of the computer-using population has lost data at some point. And yet, the vast majority of us still do not conduct regular backups. This often results in heartbreak, as untold numbers of family photos, music files, and important documents fall into the Great Data Void each year.
Backup Awareness Month is a time when we can think about our data. We can vow to keep it safe by being one of the few, proud 9% that backs up data daily.
The Latest Stats
Each year, cloud backup provider Backblaze puts together a survey of around 2,000 computer users to see how backup trends are evolving over the years. It’s no secret that most people are not as diligent about backing up as they should be, and the Backblaze survey confirms that. However, it also revealed some unexpected information:
- Only 34% of computer users back up data once a month or more
- Over two-thirds of computer users (67%) back up once a year or less. Of that group, 29% have never conducted a backup at all.
- Older men (age 55 and older) are twice as likely to conduct daily backups as young and middle-aged men, and three times as likely to conduct backups as young and middle-aged women.
Perhaps the most surprising fact is this: the number of people who back up frequently has actually gone down over the last few years. 33% of respondents back up at least once a month, as compared to 36% in the past two years. Similarly, 18% back up at least once a week now, compared to 20% in 2012.
Why Cloud Backups Are Awesome
Why do so few people perform regular backups, then gripe when data goes missing? The sad fact of the matter is, backing up is yet another thing to do on the long To-Do list of life. Most computers users are too busy, too lazy, or too forgetful to complete daily backups on a local device.
That’s why cloud backups are awesome – they are automatic. Cloud backups can be programmed to back up every little change to a file, even why you are using it. They can back up while your computer is idle. And they usually back up data at least once a day, if not more. This all happens while you go about your daily business, so you don’t have to worry about it.
In a nutshell, joining the regular backup club doesn’t mean you have to add anything to your daily to-do list. You just have to sign up.
Backup Awareness Month Deals
Some cloud backup providers are celebrating Backup Awareness Month by rewarding their backup-happy customers. Two of these deals are from two of our favorite cloud backup companies, CrashPlan and Backblaze.
Crashplan: Buy a year of backups and get 20% off
Backblaze: Sign up for a trial and be entered to win an iPad
These offers give the 83% of people who neglect to back up regularly a chance to catch up. So do the right thing, and bask in the glory of your newfound data security.