More than one author has told me a tale of losing all their work when their computer crashed in the middle of a project. I hope that this has not happened to you.
A couple years ago, my house was hit by lightning. It fried the Internet router box, a phone, my computer, and a printer. Everything on the computer was lost. Fortunately, I had backed up all the data on my computer.
As a publisher or author, you create vast amounts of data regularly. All of this data can be lost in a moment to a natural disaster, a virus, a computer crash, or even a theft. It’s not uncommon.
- One in ten computers is infected with a virus each month.
- 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute.
- 29% of disasters are caused by accident.
Yet, 30 percent of people have never backed up their data. The best precaution you can take so that you do not lose material on your computer is to actively back up your data.
Keeping your data safe is important. March 31 has been declared World Backup Day. The purpose of World Backup Day is to raise awareness of the need to back up data.
A backup is a second copy of your important files—both for files on your computer as well as for files on your website. A backup allows you to keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.
Did you know that only one in four people regularly backup their data? Is your data safe? Do you have backup copies?
The 3-2-1 Rule
The 3-2-1 Rule is widely hailed as industry best practice for data storage. The rule states that you should have three (3) copies of your data at all times. This data should be kept on at least two (2) different types of storage, and that you have at least one (1) copy of the data offsite.
Many people choose to keep a backup copy of their data on a USB thumb drive, an external hard drive, or an SD card. This copy is kept in their home or office. Then, they also opt for cloud-based backup for keeping a copy of their data offsite such as Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud service.
Do you have a website? Don’t forget to backup the data on your website. It, too, is not immune from hackers or viruses. Most web hosting companies provide some type of backup or at least a referral to a website backup service they recommend.
World Backup Day asks everyone to take this pledge:
“I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March 31st.”
Don’t just do it on March 31. Do it regularly and you won’t ever lose your important manuscripts and book documents.
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