History of World Backup Day

Statistics:

  • 83% own a computer
  • 89% own a mobile phone
  • 25% do regular backups
  • 60M computers will fail this year
  • 30% of people have never backed up
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, 200,000 per year
  • 29% of disasters are caused by accident
  • 32% of data loss is due to human error… or cockpit error, or that space between the seat back and the keyboard.
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month

How to Backup

1. Removable media

  • Pros: cheap, portable
  • Cons: slow, limited capacity, losable

2. Hard disk media

  • Pros: faster, greater capacity
  • Cons: more expensive, local

3. Cloud backup

  • Pros: set it and forget it, amortized subscription pricing, offsite
  • Cons: slow initial backup, slow restore, may offer limited capacity (Example: iCloud, iDrive), the policy may change. Example: CrashPlan no longer offers a consumer product.

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Bill Petro

Bill Petro

Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro