World Backup Day: Protect Your Photos in 2021

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Don’t be an April fool. Backup your files on March 31st.

Every year on April 1st, people pull lighthearted pranks and practical jokes on each other for April Fool’s Day. And every year on March 31st, people who really don’t want to be foolish do something else. They observe World Backup Day, which reminds us to protect and preserve important data like photos, videos, and documents. Here’s everything you need to know about backup: what it is, how to do it, how to make it as easy as 3-2-1, and how Mylio and Seagate have a prize package to make it all happen. 

What is Backup?

Simply put, backup is having a second copy of all your important files—family photos, home videos, cards, documents. Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer, or worse, stuffed in a closet), you keep a copy of everything somewhere safe. 

How did World Backup Day Start?

In 2011, digital consultant Ismail Jadun heard about a Redditer who lost all the information on his hard drive. Photos, videos, documents, you name it, gone. Wanting to save others from this fate, Jadun started World Backup Day to serve as a global reminder that everyone should back up the files they don’t want to lose. He chose to observe it on March 31st because it’s the day before April Fool’s, and only a fool would forget to backup their data. To spread this sensible idea, he encouraged people to take and share the pledge, “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on World Backup Day, March 31st.” 

World Backup Day Twitter Pledges

While more and more people are recognizing the importance of backup, there are still far too many who are vulnerable to loss. Phones get lost, stolen, or dropped in lakes. Computers crash and malfunction. Viruses corrupt files and folders. Cloud servers can be out of service, unreachable, or start charging fees. And of course there are times when you accidentally delete something yourself, the old problem exists between chair and keyboard.

According to a Backblaze study that concluded in 2019, 80% of people have backed up the data on their computers at least once. That’s up 4% since 2018, and a full 15% increase since the study began in 2008. Still, that leaves 20% of folks who have never done a backup. And they didn’t ask people about backing up photos and videos from their phones.

Backblaze Backup Study from 2008 to 2019

Backblaze backup data table

How to Backup Your Files the Old Fashioned Way

One tried and true way of backing up media is to store it on an external hard drive. On that drive, create a basic folder system so your files are organized. Start by creating a top level folder (with a title like My Files 2021) and a few sub folders (with titles like Personal / Work / Finances / Hobby 1 / etc.). Next, choose the files you want to backup on your computer. Make a copy of those files, and move the copy to the appropriate folder on the external hard drive.

Another possibility is storing your files on a cloud service. For anyone with a sizable library, that will also include a sizable monthly fee, but at least you’ll have an online backup. For a thorough explanation of your options, see this guide from PCMag. These setups may take a little while, but it’s nothing compared to the frustration of losing those files through mistake or malfunction. 

The Modern Solution: How Mylio Helps you Efficiently Backup Your Files

Mylio is the modern solution for not only backing up your files; it also helps you consolidate, organize, and access them from any device, all while helping you save space on your computer and phone. Again, start by getting an external hard drive. Seagate sells external hard drives at a reasonable price, and select drives come with a year of Mylio Create, which increases how many files, computers, and editing features you get. 

Then use this guide to set up Mylio with your external drive. The Mylio setup wizard will help you instantly locate all the files on your computer that you may want to backup. Mylio will then create a beautiful library of that media, which you can access from any of your devices, even without WiFi. From there, you can add Mylio to your phone, tablet, and laptop, which accomplishes multiple things: 

  • You can add the media from those devices into your Mylio Library.
  • Access all your files from any of your devices.
  • You can optimize Mylio on your mobile devices to save space.
  • All your files are automatically backed up to your external drive.

Next Level Protection: 3-2-1 Backup 

With Mylio on multiple devices, you’re well on your way to 3-2-1 protection, which is the US CERT’s recommendation for 21st century backup. The recommendation says people should:

  1. Keep at least 3 copies of their data
  2. Maintain 2 local copies on different media
  3. Have at least 1 backup solution hosted off-site

When you have Mylio on your computer, external drive, and phone, you have already accomplished recommendations 1 and 2. To check off the third, add Mylio to a device in another location, like your computer at work or a relative’s computer. An added bonus to the second option means your relative can help you catalog and organize family photos from the past.   

Get the Gear for Free

At the time of writing, Mylio and Seagate are offering a giveaway that helps you backup your media memories: The giveaway includes: 

  • Surface Pro 7
  • Surface Pro Accessories Bundle
  • Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Drive
  • Mylio Create: Complimentary 1 year subscription

Check out the Instagram account for the details, as well as regular tips, tricks, and stories about organizing, protecting, and preserving your photos. 

Mylio Seagate Giveaway with Surface Pro 7