3/31 is World Backup Day!

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World Backup Day 2017

March 31st is World Backup Day, but it’s important to backup more than one day per year!  Here’s why.

Data can be lost in a number of ways including:

  • Operating systems crashes
  • Data corruption
  • Hardware failures
  • Lost or stolen devices
  • Natural catastrophes including fires, flooding, etc.
  • Viruses
  • Accidental file deletion
  • Failed or incompatible upgrades, patches, or other improvements to your system
  • Deliberate sabotage by a disgruntled employee
  • April Fools Day pranks gone too far… one more reason to do backups on March 31st

Remember don’t just back your data up, have a backup plan! This means having a comprehensive strategy for dealing with all of the above.  Your backup plan should include solutions to all of the following common problems:

  • If your entire workplace is destroyed by a catastrophe, do you have an off-site copy of your data to work from?
  • Do your backups go back far enough to insure that you will have a good copy of your data, even if a virus or corruption gets saved to your most recent backup?
  • Do your backups include all of the system settings required to restore your work to a new device without having to undergo lengthy reconfiguration issues?
  • Do you have a place to restore your data and software to?