WashU Celebrates World Back Up Day

March 31 is observed as World Backup Day.  According to WorldBackupDay.com, the day is an opportunity to recognize the importance of data integrity and automatic backup. Backing up data is important in order to protect sensitive information, preserve memories and safeguard digital information. “We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, book reports or personal stuff,” says Jadun Ismail, founder of World Backup Day. Automatic backup reduces the loss of data when a hard drive fails or operator error occurs.

The loss of data can happen to people or companies. Pixar accidentally lost nearly 90% of the animated film “Toy Story 2” due to an errant computer command. Thankfully, the film was restored from a backup copy of the film. Another case of lost data was Microsoft/Danger and T-Mobile’s Sidekick, both companies nearly lost all of their customer data due to server failure.

According to the World Backup Day website, people now create and generate over 1.8 zettabytes of data per year, but 30% of people have not backed up their data. World Backup Day’s mission is to reach those who have never backed up their data and raise awareness about backups and data preservation.

WorldBackupDay.com lists several best practices and tips for establishing a data backup plan. The website includes guidance for backing up data both at home and work.

At Home

  • Items to backup: Your computer, laptop, phone, iPod, tablet, other wireless devices, photos and videos on social networks.
  • Common ways to lose data: Theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, obsolete file formats, you forgot where you put it (really, it has happened).
  • Having both local and offsite backups gives you piece of mind knowing your files are safe and secure.
  • Backup options: Backing up is easy. Once set up, your data should be backing up automatically. There are two main types of backup solutions:
    1. Local backup: An external hard drive that can be easily retrieved at home.
    2. Cloud/offsite backup: An online backup service or hard drive securely placed in a different location.

At Work

  • Tell your boss and colleagues about the importance of data backups.
  • Check your backup procedures and restores to make sure everything is up-to-date and working.
  • If you don’t have one, consider creating a company data backup and continuity plan.

Have questions on backing up data?

Call the helpdesk at 314.933.3333

Don’t be an April Fool.  Backup your data on March 31.