World Backup Day poll reveals many Americans don't backup their data

Summary:Being that it is springtime, now might be a prime time to think about backing up your computer and mobile devices.

World Backup Day was actually this past Saturday, but that doesn't mean you should stop thinking about backing up your data.

In fact, being that it is springtime -- which brings all of that spring cleaning and whatnot stuff up again at this time each year -- now might be a prime time to think about backing up your computer and mobile devices.

To get you motivated, here's a fun survey from anti-virus and cloud security provider Trend Micro that reveals which content tends to be protected the most as well as some curious thoughts about these trends among celebrities.

For example, out of 1,000 U.S. participants surveyed, 39 percent of them never backup their work. Between security breaches, lost devices and gadgets that simply stop working after awhile, that's pretty irresponsible.

Unfortunately, that was the most overwhelming response in that category. After that, 24 percent of them backup their work at least once a month (which seems fair), and 19 percent go through this process once a year (still a little risky). Then at least 18 percent of them are obsessed with backing up their work as they do this once a week. (Better safe than sorry.)

On another interesting point, at least 50 percent of respondents are married. Yet, 83 percent of them said they didn't have a backup copy of their wedding photos. Seems rather senseless considering that might be one day you want to remember. (Or not. Perhaps that was a conscious decision for some people...)

Moving on to interesting files elsewhere, when asked which Republican presidential candidate might be the most likely to have incriminating files on their computers, 52 percent pointed towards Newt Gingrich. Mitt Romney was a distant second place at 22 percent.

Hopefully they have installed proper security solutions on their gadgetry if there's that much interest (or at least suspicion) going on.

A final peculiar statistic: when asked about who they would most identify with when it comes to their digital files, 22 percent cited Tiger Woods. Make of that what you will.

(For reference, 40 percent went with Kate Middleton. But really, who are they kidding?)

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Topics: Storage, Data Management

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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