March 29, 2013

No Excuses – Back up Your Data!

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This week, we want to make sure you all know how important it is to keep your data backed up. As I mentioned on our World Backup Day post, it’s not only making backups that is important; It’s making sure that your backups actually work.

We generate an enormous amount of data in our personal and professional lives. From photos to videos, financial records to emails, documents to music – it would be devastating to lose this data. Sadly, it does happen. But you can prevent it.

Data backup is EASY to do and can save you a great amount of time as well as ensure that your data is secure in the case of disaster. However, we’ve heard a lot of excuses. It is time to put those excuses aside and back up your data TODAY.

Excuses, Excuses

“My computer won’t crash!” Of course you’ve had your computer for a while and haven’t had problems so far. Why worry about it now? This “it won’t happen to me” approach will haunt you later. Data backup is about protecting your data’s future. Look at it like an insurance policy.

“I’ve thought about it but just haven’t gotten around to doing it…” We are all busy. Work, family, friends… Why take time out of your day to maintain data backups? We can empathize with you on how daunting it may seem. However, today’s backup software manufacturers make it easy. Only a few steps are involved in most online backup solutions. With SpiderOak, you merely set it and forget it.

“I don’t know how to backup data.” Fear not. A lot of you understand how important it is, but you are just not sure where to start. You have a few options. Removable media (CDs and zip drives) were once a go-to option. This option just narrows the field a little. External hard drives would be an excellent start. Simply copy folders to your external hard drive and that is your first backup! We’d also recommend a cloud option. There are several that allow ease and flexibility.

Lack of knowledge or denial about the fragility of data storage media is the most common reason, which isn’t an excuse at all. Most people just don’t think about it. That is why we are here!

Do you have any stories to share, or excuses you have heard? We’d love to hear them! Here is a story we’d like to share with you from one of our users:

Also, please be sure to spread the word as we gear up towards World Backup Day, March 31st. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook or our blog for more news and deals.

Sign up TODAY and get 5 GBs for FREE

Note: The code “WorldBackupDay” will replace your current amount with 5GBs if you are an existing member.

  1. I don't recall seeing any discount codes for new customers or for existing customers to stack up and extend a current subscription. Since I don't use facebook or twitter, I hope all the deals you post on those platforms also show up on your blog. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for pointing this out. We actually have only offered 5GBs. You haven't missed anything. Furthermore, any user can use this code to get 5GBs of free storage. However, the code will replace your account with 5GBs. Please stay tuned for March 31st as we will be offering more for World Backup Day.

  3. Hi Ted,

    You can share this with your friends or family that do not back up their data.

  4. yeaah.. even my deleted items on SpiderOak re-appear and get backed up over and over again. I keep deleting them, to no avail. Account size growing rapidly this way also. It must have something to so with World Back Up Day!!! :((. See my forum post.

  5. I hope the discounts you offer can be used by existing customers to add more years to a currently active paid subscription (as opposed to buying more storage). It would be a bit disappointing if it were only for new customers.