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How Often Should I Back Up My Files?

How often you backup your data depends on the tech user, amount of information, and the type of files.


One thing that most every tech user hears about is the importance of backing up the files on their computers and other devices. It is crucial to have multiple copies of your information so when your hard drive, phone, or flash drive is damaged, your files aren’t completely gone. 

According to a survey from Acronis last year, 73% of consumers perform backups monthly or weekly and 86% of businesses perform backups monthly, weekly, or daily.

These positive numbers show that consumers and businesses are realizing how important it is to protect files. However, the question remains: how often should I backup? The answer depends on the tech user, amount of information, and type of files.

Device Backup Formula

A general piece of advice that cybersecurity professionals give is to backup your device any time you put data on it that you don’t want to lose. While this is probably the best way to ensure you don’t have to experience data loss, it can be daunting to backup every time new photos, word documents, or videos are added to your hard drive. 

To alleviate some of the difficulty, many automatic backup solutions can be added to your computer. These types of tools will run in the background of your computer and backup your files on a regular basis, some of them giving you the option as to how often you want backups to be made. 

Corporate devices should be backed up regularly to protect internal information from being lost. Data loss for these groups results in a loss of revenue and a lot of downtime, whereas a personal computer user may not have financial loss, but will lose photos or other precious memories. 

No matter what type of user you are, data should be backed up once a week at a minimum. Those who do not add new data to their computers or other devices often can backup less often, circling back to the idea of storing your files on another device only as new information is added to your computer.

Backup Awareness Initiatives

A tried and true method for backup that is suggested is the 3-2-1 backup method. Every tech user should have three forms of backup, 2 off-line storage mediums such as external hard drives or flash drives, and 1 virtual storage like the Cloud. Following these easy steps can help keep your files safe.

In addition to this method, there are other ways that consumers are being encouraged to save their data. World Backup Day is an annual day of awareness for people to learn about the role of data in our lives and why it is important to make regular backups. Of course, to follow these initiatives, it is crucial to have secure storage for your information. 

Secure Data offers a line of hardware encrypted storage devices that protect data both online and off with preloaded antivirus, secure authentication methods, and capacities up to 8TB to hold every photo, video, or document of which you need a copy. 

If for some reason you are not a habitual copier of files or your backup device fails, Secure Data Recovery has you covered. Our engineers work with all device types and operating systems and have a 96% success rate in recovering data from all failure scenarios. Call today to see how we can save your information at 1-800-388-1266.

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