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It's World Backup Day, so you should back up, and here's how

Avoid losing your photos, videos, music and documents by backing up

World Backup Day 2013

World Backup Day 2013 has arrived for its third anniversary so will you backup and avoid losing your precious files?

What originated from comments on Reddit is now global 'holiday' called World Backup Day. The idea behind the campaign is to encourage users to backup data to prevent losing valuable data such as photos, movies and music. See also: How to backup your PC and laptop.

Placed the day before April fool's day, the tag line of World Backup Day is "Don't be an April fool. Backup your files. Check your restores." Those interested can visit www.worldbackupday.com for more information and to take a pledge.

See also: Restore data from a backup.

"I'm thrilled with the response to World Backup Day, and I hope it's made a difference in people's lives," said World Backup Day founder Ismail Jadun.  

"We all know someone who has lost critical data, whether it was their videos, photos, music, reports, or personal stuff.  Hopefully this day will make everyone think about their situation, learn about the various storage options and get their files backed up."

This year the event is sponsored by backup outfits Backblaze and Code42 Software the firm behind CrashPlan. See alsoBackup and Recovery Software Downloads.

The organisation recommends that users backup data stored on PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, cameras and mp3 players. Common ways of losing data include theft, hardware failure, natural disaster, obsolete file formats and accidental loss.

Suggested ways to backup files like photos, music, videos and documents include local backup such as an external hard drive or NAS drive, online (aka cloud) or offsite backup such as Dropbox and SugarSync. Many cloud services are free andiIf you want to be extra secure, you should use both options.

See also: Top 20 cloud storage services.

"Digital media is core to the lives and livelihoods of millions," said Matthew Dornquast, CEO of Code 42 Software. "The partnership with World Backup Day aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver easy and secure backup solutions for consumers and businesses alike."


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