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45% of Indians Do Not Back Up Their Data & Files Says Avast Survey

According to an Avast survey, nearly 45% of Indians do not back up because they don’t think their data or files are important enough and in turn risk of data loss increases.

Avast conducted an online survey before World Backup Day to raise awareness around the importance of securing data.

Reasons Indians do not back up their data

Of those who do not back up their data, nearly 34% claim they don’t have any data or files that are important enough to back up. Further reasons given were:

  • 32% don’t know how to back up their data
  • 22% want to, but forget
  • 22% want to, but don’t have time

Those who back up their data are nearly 42% to cloud storage, 36% back up their data to an external hard drive, 23% back up to a USB or flash disk, 18% back up their phone to their PC, and 10% back up to a network storage drive. When asked how often they back up their data, 53% revealed that it is done at least once a month says the survey.

For iPhone and Android phone owners, the percentage that back up is nearly the same, 69% and 70% respectively. How frequently they back up varies with 67% of iPhone users backing up their data at least once a month, while only 59% of Android users do the same. 21%of iPhone owners claim to back up continuously, and 13% of Android owners claim to do the same.

Consequences of failing to back up

Data loss can be caused by users accidentally deleting their data themselves, hardware damage and failure, as well as malware, causing valuable data such as photos, videos, documents, and messages to be lost forever.

Ransomware and other malware, such as wipers, can either encrypt or completely destroy files, and there is no guarantee that files can be decrypted if a ransom is paid. WannaCry

“The results are surprising especially surprising is the amount of people that don’t back up their data and the amount of people that don’t know how to back up their data and files. It could be that many aren’t aware they are backing up, as it could be happening automatically, in the background, however, others really might not be backing up at all, thinking it is not worth it.

Losing personal documents, photos and videos can be a painful experience and it’s not until this happens that they realize how valuable it actually is,” said Luis Corrons, Security Evangelist at Avast. “It’s important to back up data on a regular basis, keeping memories, captured in the form of photos and videos, safe and secure.”

Luis Corrons shared the following tips on how to best back up data:

Back up to two locations

When it comes to backing up data, one can never be too careful. If anything happens to one form of back up, everything could be lost. It’s therefore recommended to back up data to two different locations, like the cloud, and a physical storage, like an external hard drive.

Disconnect

External hard drives should be disconnected after a back up is performed in order to protect them from malware like ransomware, which can spread from the computer to attached devices.

Automatically back up

Most cloud storage services offer an automatic backup option, which is advisable to activate, so that data is automatically backed up and secured.

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