On June 25, 2010, I asked readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog to answer these two poll questions:
- When was the last time you performed an offsite data backup?
- When was the last time you, as an IT professional, performed an offsite data backup for your employer?
I was a little surprised by the answers. I thought an IT professional-heavy readership would put forth more effort when it came to backing up their own personal data on a regular weekly or daily schedule. But perhaps creating backups so often for their employers takes its toll and de-motivates them when it comes time to back up their personal systems.
With the multitudes of really good backup applications available, it would seem the obstacles to creating a weekly, or more often, backup regime have been drastically reduced, but the poll numbers don't back that assumption. Perhaps we should ask this question: Why don't you back up your personal systems more often? Is it just not all that necessary? Do you not trust the cloud?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.