It's World Backup Day: Have You Been Backing Up Your Data?

There's No Excuse for Not Backing Up Your Computer. Do It Now.

Happy World Backup Day! It is a day to remind you of the one thing you should never neglect: backing up your data. There are plenty of cloud backup solutions out there that you can use to copy and store your digital files in case of a disaster, not to mention some offline options as well. If you're new to this whole backing up businesses (what have you been doing all this time?!), we are here to help.

We all know that we should backup our data, but how many of us actually do? It's easy to brush it aside until you lose your phone/laptop/hard drive/camera, which occurs more often than you'd think.

With the rise of cryptoviruses which takes over a victim's computer and holds the data to ransom, backing up your digital assets becomes a critical tool to come out of these attacks relatively unscathed. There are plenty of backup services and offerings available so there really is no excuse for not doing it.

Here at Lifehacker Australia, we've written on the topic of backup for quite some time. Here are some of the guides we've put together to help you on your backup journey.

  • How To Set Automatic Backups With Windows 10's Built-in Tools If you don’t have a backup system in place already, today’s the day you build one. In about 15 minutes, we’ll finally get your computer and all of its precious data backed up on a regular schedule. It’s mostly painless in Windows 10, and it’s easier than ever.

  • Back Up Your iPhone To An External Hard Drive With A Terminal Command If you have a large storage iPhone, you might not have the space to back it up locally on your hard drive, especially if you’re working with a laptop’s SSD. OS X Daily points out that with a little Terminal magic, you can set up iTunes on your Mac to back up your iPhone to an external hard drive.

  • How To Upgrade To A New Android Phone And Take Everything With You Congratulations, you just got a brand new Android phone! If you’re lucky, you got a great deal and a huge upgrade. But your old handset has been with you for years, and it’s set up the way you like with all of your apps, contacts and settings. Here’s how to move all of that precious data to your new phone.

  • You Can Use Azure To Back Up Individual Windows Computers Backup is one of the most obvious uses for cloud computing. A new update to Azure now allows individual Windows 7, 8 and 8. 1 machines to be automatically backed up into Azure.

  • Speed Up CrashPlan Backups And Free Up CPU Power With These Scripts We love CrashPlan for its inexpensive, unlimited and automated backup service, but many of us have seen terrible upload speeds or high CPU usage when CrashPlan is running. This might be the fix you need.

  • How To Automatically Back Up And Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it’s that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. If someone gets into your email, everything you’ve ever said could be out in the open. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen by automatically backing up and deleting everything in your Gmail account on a schedule.

  • Backblaze B2 Offers Dirt-Cheap Cloud Storage For Half A Cent Per GB A Month There isn’t much you can buy for less than one cent these days, but you can store a whole lot of files in the “cloud” for $US0.005 a month with Backblaze’s new B2 storage service. It will even give you 10GB for free. It's a good option for backing up your files into the cloud.

  • CloudPull Automatically Backs Up Your Google Account To Your Mac You already make sure to back up your computer (right?) but what about your Google accounts? If something happened to it, you might not have time to get to Takeout to download your data before it’s too late. That’s where CloudPull comes in -- it’s an automatic backup tool for your Google account.

You can find out more about World Backup Day over at its official website.


Comments

    I recently had to unexpectedly format my phone after an update. Every photo was backed up in 4 different clouds, 3 times a day every day, so the process was harmless.

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