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

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?)


Topics: Storage, Data Management

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  • And yet...

    The smarter ones do it regularly. Go figure, smart people back up their data (to a locally controlled drive that's not connected to the internet), while the dummies don't even think twice about not doing the smart thing...
    Jumpin Jack Flash
  • Ease of Backup has changed

    When people think of manually backing up their computers with an external hard drive or flash drive they think monotonous and boring. Unfortunately these very feelings out way the importance of backing up for every day computer users. With the introduction and improved development of online backup with the automated capabilities I think this is less the issue. However many people are not aware of this and that is why a day like World Backup Day is a good start to getting to word out. Some more valuable information can be found at
    • Choice i good

      But I choose to avoid any type of "cloud" storage. If I do not have 100% control of my data, then someone can hold it for ransom. I may just have that mindset from decades of DoD work...
      Jumpin Jack Flash