World Backup Day – March 31st

The data in your computer is invaluable and virtually irreplaceable if lost. The most expensive part of any computer is its data. Components may be upgraded and equipment replaced, but the precious data contained in all machines is virtually irreplaceable if lost. That is why a good backup plan is paramount to keeping data safe, secure, and ready to use across any number of computing devices used daily. To highlight the cause, March 31st is celebrated as World Backup Day.

• 21% of people have never backed up their data.
• 30% of all computers are already infected with malware.
• 29% of data loss cases are caused by accident.
• 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute.
• Data loss doesn’t have to result from just hardware damage such as a hard drive failing, but it can also stem from theft, corruption, and malware infections like ransomware.

A back up is a second copy of all of your important files. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of your important files somewhere safe, whether they are business files, accounting files, family pictures, etc. That is why a good backup plan is paramount to keeping data safe, secure, and ready to access.

The Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, said in an interview, “Hackers are taking control of computers and tools from cyberspace. These are sophisticated criminals from around the world, but there are simple steps individuals and businesses can take to stay protected from these hackers.” The first important step according to the Attorney General is to back up important files regularly!

• 15,000 hard drives fail every day – Pricewaterhouse Coopers
• More than 20% of small to medium size businesses will suffer a major disaster causing loss of critical data every 5 years – Richmond House Group
• Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within 10 days of a disaster hit are not likely to survive – Strategic Research Institute

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