I have frequently discussed the importance of backing up your data and only relying on yourself to do so.
At the end of last year, blogging platform, Journalspace, which I never heard of before this mishap, had a backup plan go awry and all of their customer data was lost.
TechCrunch reported that all of Journalspace backup data was overwritten. This was either caused by a bad backup system, a disgruntled ex-employee, or a combination of the two. All users of Journalspace have lost their blogs – the only way to retrieve any data is by using google cache. The company has, obviously, gone out of business and is selling all of their property, including domain and trademarks.
This is, of course, an extreme example but anything can happen where your data is stored. Recently, there was a fire alarm at my webhost, which shut down the servers and required an evacuation. It turned out to be a false alarm but what if it hadn’t been and I didn’t have a backup of my data.
I also had a hard drive die just two months after I started backing up my important files on a scheduled basis. I would have lost my photos, music, and other important documents.
For some reason humans tend to think bad things won’t happen and don’t plan for them. A street light isn’t installed a dangerous intersection until someone gets hurt, renter’s insurance isn’t purchased until after a theft, and a backup plan isn’t implemented until after data is lost. Hopefully my readers are more proactive and realize that even a company like google could lose their data or lock them out of their account. Better to have a plan for when things go wrong then to create a plan after something has already been lost.
Do you backup your important data? If so, how do you do so? If not, when are you going to start?
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