The Staples IT IQ Survey, conducted by Zogby International, surveryed more than 2,000 people about their at-home IT habits. What it found? Well, for as often as we use our computers, we sure don't back them up enough:
- While 97 percent of respondents use their computers every day, less than 40 percent of respondents back up their computers at least once a week.
- And, almost a third of all respondents back up their computers once per year or never.
If you're dealing with new, important information when you sit down to your desk every day, a once-a week backup is a good idea. For those of us who only use our home offices for the occasional digital camera photo dump, a once-a-month or quarterly strategy should be fine.
At the very least, do it once a year. Pick a milestone like your birthday or back-to-school week to remind you to do it.
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