Study Shows Us How Rarely We Back Up Our Computers

If you're reading Unplggd, you've got to be at least a little bit more tech savvy than the rest of the population, right? You probably troubleshoot most of your own computer problems and perform your own system maintenance at your home office without help. But what about everyone else? Well according to a recent survey, most people think they're capable of being their own IT guy. According to that same survey, they're wrong. Do you back up your computer enough?

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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.

Need help getting started? Check out our guide to How to Choose the Right External Hard Drive.


via Seeking Alpha

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