It’s World Backup Day: Would you pay to recover lost files?

What did it take for you to back up your data? Were you always one to cultivate good habits, or did you go through the nerve-wracking experience of losing important work? In any case, that’s why World Backup that exists – to promote the importance of data backups and ensure that people don’t unwittingly lose precious files and data.
A new global study sponsored by Acronis, a company that specializes in cloud-based data protection, reveals some interesting figures. As it turns out, there appears to be a growing understanding of the need to regularly back up data, which has led to more proactive behavior.
Here are the key takeaways from the survey:
  • 1 in 3 people have suffered data loss
  • 11% of respondents were willing to pay over US$500 to recover lost files
  • 46% have more than four devices, including computers, laptops, and smartphones, in their homes
  • 38% still rely on external drives, while 30% back up to the cloud
  • 58% perform their backups at night, and 27% backup while watching TV
  • Ease-of-use was the most important feature for respondents (36%), followed by security (30%) and privacy (26%)
If you’re still dragging your feet when it comes to backing up your data, consider this: 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute, according to mobile security firm Lookout. Kaspersky's Security Bulletin 2015 also put Singapore ahead in terms of the number of banking-related malware attacks like CryptoWall. In the event that something like this happens, having a recent backup of your data on hand could really help you get up and running again in a shorter time.