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World Backup Day 2014

World Backup Day is on March 31, 2014

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World Backup Day 2014 is on March 31

Monday, March 31st, is World Backup Day, the day we technology folks remind you of how important it is to back up your data. Considering my particular expertise, I tend to do this much more often than once per year, but I'll take this annual excuse to do it yet again!

Here's the message to remember:

Your Data is More Valuable Than Your Device!

Hardware is cheap and getting cheaper. You know what's expensive or even priceless? That term paper you spent three weeks writing, the $3,000 USD in music and movies you have on your hard drive, and the digital video of your little boy or girl's first step.

You can get a new computer or phone, but try replacing those important files: You can't!

So what do you do? How do you make sure you never lose the bits and bytes important to you?

You back them up!

I'm a very huge of fan of online backup services. I think using a cloud backup service (what they're sometimes called) is the most easy, economical, and effective way of keeping your important data safe.

See my Online Backup Services Reviewed piece for a ranked, updated list, complete with prices. Some plans allow an unlimited amount of storage, some limit you to so many GBs or TBs, some support backup from multiple simultaneous computers, some are even free for a just a little storage.

No matter what your needs, I've done all the research to help you make the right decision. Aside from the list of reviews I linked you to above, my Online Backup Comparison Chart is really helpful if you're curious about which of my favorite cloud backup services offer a particular feature.

Have questions about online backup or not completely sure what it is? I answer most every question I've ever gotten about online backup in my Online Backup FAQ.

Here are some more online backup resources you might find helpful:

The newest edition to my collection of online backup pieces is my Online Backup Q&A. Here you'll find interviews I've done with online backup services where I ask questions you probably won't find elsewhere, like Why Should I Pick Your Service?, How Do You Handle NSA Data Requests?, and a more.

I also keep lists of traditional backup software. See my Free Backup Software Tools and Commercial Backup Software reviews for more information.

Here's more about backing up from some other About.com Experts:

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