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March 31 - Happy World Backup Day

It is possible to take the World Backup Day pledge on either Facebook or Twitter. (Source: PCMag)
It is possible to take the World Backup Day pledge on either Facebook or Twitter. (Source: PCMag)
In case you weren’t aware, March 31 is World Backup Day. Today is the day when computer users should no longer procrastinate with that crucial task and take a few moments to backup their data. It might seem like an April Fools’ Day joke, but facts offered by the World Backup Day website show just how important it is to keep a regular backup of your files.

World Backup Day may appear to be one of the more prosaic observances of the year – it’s hardly Christmas or Star Wars Day – but in this world full of technology it does have a considerable degree of relevance. EMC (now Dell EMC) reported that data loss and downtime was costing enterprises an eye-watering US$1.7 trillion a year – and that report was published back in 2014!

The website for World Backup Day offers a few figures to highlight the importance of regular data backup. It states that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, one in 10 computers are affected by a virus each month, and that 30% of people have never backed their data up. The site continues with a pledge:

I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.

The site offers advice on how to create a backup either online or by using a USB drive. If you are now inspired to protect your data, then Amazon is holding a one-day offer on a selection of storage products, such as a 480 GB Kingston A400 SSD (US$109.99, usually US$154.99) and a huge 8 TB Western Digital Personal Cloud Storage solution, which is reduced from US$319.99 to US$205.99 just for this special day.

Notebookcheck wishes you a productive World Backup Day!


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-03-31 (Update: 2018-03-31)