History of World Backup Day. Your last chance before…

Bill Petro
4 min readMar 31, 2022

There isn’t much history, as the first celebration of this geek holiday was in 2011. World Backup Day is barely a decade old.

But the need is real, now more than ever before. Especially in light of this salient fact: April Fools’ Day. March 31, the day before, is an excellent time to check your backups. On the eve of the day famous for pranks, this might be your last chance.

You may have learned at the University of Hard Knocks that it’s not a question of “if” you’ll lose your data but “when.” Having a redundant copy of it can make all the difference, and you may be able to skip the course at U of HK on Pulling Your Hair Out.

Statistics:

According to worldbackupday.com and other sources:

  • 83% own a computer
  • 89% own a mobile phone

The bad news is:

  • 25% do regular backups
  • 60M computers will fail this year

And:

  • 30% of people have never backed up
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, or 200,000 per year
  • 43% of data loss is due to human error… or cockpit error, or that space between the seat back and the keyboard.

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Bill Petro

Writer, historian, technologist. Former Silicon Valley tech exec. Author of fascinating articles on history, tech, pop culture, & travel. https://billpetro.com