Test How Smart You Are At Backing Up

We are all creating and consuming more and more digital content than ever before with our smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers - photos, important documents, videos, music, vouchers, newsletters, boarding passes, contact information and more - but are we keeping it all safe?

What would happen if you lost it all?

According to a recent Verbatim survey, one in five people never back up their home computers, and over a third fail to back up their mobile devices.

Take our short quiz to find out if you are backing up correctly.

How often do you backup your computer?

  • a Every day

    Excellent!

    Keep up the good work!

  • b Every week

    Good.

    However, if you are a heavy computer user and regularly creating lots of new content, then maybe daily backup is needed.

  • c Every month

    Not bad, but could be better.

    If you are regularly creating lots of new content, daily or weekly backup maybe more appropriate.

  • d Whenever I remember

    This is the most common answer, but itís not a good one!

    Did you know that Verbatim Store n Go external hard drives include Nero Back it Up software that can automatically backup for you?

  • e Never

    You are not alone

    1 in 5 never back up their home computers, but this is a dangerous game to play. 1 in 10 PCs are infected with viruses each month and around 12,000 laptops are lost weekly in US airports alone!

How often do you backup your mobile devices (smartphone/tablets)

  • a Every day

    Top marks!

    Although you may not have a lot of documents on these devices you are likely to have photos and videos which, if not backed up, could be lost. Additionally, it can take a long time to re-create the setup of your device; re-downloading all your apps, entering your user information, and organizing them on home screens can be a tedious process. Having a back up will make this much easier.

  • b Every week

    Very good!

    Although you may not have a lot of documents on these devices you are likely to have photos and videos which, if not backed up, could be lost. Additionally, it can take a long time to re-create the setup of your device; re-downloading all your apps, entering your user information, and organizing them on home screens can be a tedious process. Having a back up will make this much easier.

  • c Every month

    Not bad, but could be better.

    Although you may not have a lot of documents on these devices you are likely to have photos and videos which, if not backed up, could be lost. Additionally, it can take a long time to re-create the setup of your device; re-downloading all your apps, entering your user information, and organizing them on home screens can be a tedious process. Having a back up will make this much easier.

  • d Whenever I remember

    You should try to get in the habit of backing up regularly, particularly considering the vast number of phones that are lost, stolen or damaged every day.

    Although you may not have a lot of documents on these devices you are likely to have photos and videos which, if not backed up, could be lost. Additionally, it can take a long time to re-create the setup of your device; re-downloading all your apps, entering your user information, and organizing them on home screens can be a tedious process. Having a back up will make this much easier.

  • e Never

    You are not alone! Over a third never bother to back up their mobile phones which is very risky considering the vast number of phones that are lost, stolen or damaged every day.

    Although you may not have a lot of documents on these devices you are likely to have photos and videos which, if not backed up, could be lost. Additionally, it can take a long time to re-create the setup of your device; re-downloading all your apps, entering your user information, and organizing them on home screens can be a tedious process. Having a back up will make this much easier.

What do you use to regularly backup large volumes of data from your computer or smartphone?

  • a CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray Discs

    Not really.


    Optical media is a great, low cost way of saving important data for the long term, but not the best for large volume regular back up.

  • b USB Sticks

    No.


    USB sticks are wonderful for carrying files around and short term storage, but not designed for large volume backup.

  • c Portable Hard Drives

    Correct!


    Hard drives can save a lot of data quickly and are very reliable. The best and safest option is to backup your data on a hard drive and keep it in a separate location.

  • d The Cloud

    Online backup services are a good addition to local backups, but not a substitute for them. Saving to the cloud is often slow, costly and can be problematic.


    Also, you need a good and reliable internet connection to save and retrieve the data, which might not be possible sometimes.

  • e I donít know

    Well, now you do!

    You should be regularly backing up on a portable hard drive.

For long term backing up/ archiving items you would like to keep forever, which do you use the most?

  • a CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray Discs

    Excellent!


    Optical media (CD, DVD, Blu-ray discs) is the best option to store for the long term. Verbatim M-Disc DVD & Blu-ray discs can last for up to 1000 years!

  • b USB Sticks

    USB sticks are great for moving data around and short term storage, but not ideal for the long term because the data can become damaged over time.


    Optical media (CD, DVD, Blu-ray discs) is the best option to store for the long term. Verbatim M-Disc DVD & Blu-ray discs can last for up to 1000 years!

  • c Portable Hard Drives

    Hard drives are excellent for large volume, fast backup, and can be useful to store things for the long term.


    However hard drives have moving parts and can be fragile, so itís always safer to store things that you want to want to keep forever on optical discs (CD, DVD, Blu-ray). Verbatim M-Disc DVD & Blu-ray discs can last for up to 1000 years!

  • d The Cloud

    Online backup services are a good additional option for long term backup, but not a substitute for local archiving.


    You never know if the service provider might go bankrupt or have problems with their system, so keeping your most vital pictures and documents on optical discs (CD, DVD, Blu-ray) is always the best choice. Verbatim M-Disc DVD & Blu-ray discs can last for up to 1000 years!

  • e I donít do long term backups

    Oh dear. I hope it wonít happen to you but over 50% or people are most fearful of losing their precious photographs.

    Optical media (CD, DVD, Blu-ray discs) is the best option to store for the long term. Verbatim M-Disc DVD & Blu-ray discs can last for up to 1000 years!

Result:

Congratulations. You have the perfect back up strategy.


To view our range of products to help you maintain this great performance, please visit our Portable HDD page and our M-Disc Archival Media page.

You've made some good choices in implementing a sound backup strategy, but there is definitely room for improvement.


Please visit our Portable HDD page and our M-Disc Archival Media page to see which products could help you back up and archive more safely in the future.

You need to fix this quickly!


Please visit our Portable HDD page and our M-Disc Archival Media page to see which products could help you back up and archive safely.