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This World Backup Day (31 March)

30 March 2023

Backups, never worry about losing files again

Dear ACSC Alert subscribers,

This World Backup Day (31 March), the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is urging all Australians to back up their important files. Valuable data such as your photos, documents and financial records can be lost instantly, so it is important to back it up regularly before it's too late. What are the risks? Our devices hold a great deal of our data, but if your device is damaged, lost, or destroyed, your data may be lost. Whether it’s because of hardware failure, theft, accidental damage, or your device being infected with a virus, recovering data can be expensive and sometimes even impossible. One small accident, like spilling a drink on your device or clicking on a malicious link could mean losing all of your data. That is why it’s so important to schedule regular backups. It will give you peace of mind that you can restore your data if something goes wrong. How do I backup my data? Backing up is different for everyone. Some simple steps you can take are:

  • Choose what data to include in your backup – Think about what you want to keep safe. It may be your most important files, or it may be an entire system.

  • Decide how to backup your data – There are different ways. You could use a cloud backup service, an external storage device, or a combination of both.

  • Maintain a regular backup routine – Decide whether it is daily, weekly or monthly.

  • Set automatic backups – It will reduce the burden of manually creating them each time.

  • Secure your backups – They contain personal or sensitive information. You should protect them like any other copy of your data.

  • Check that your backups work – Testing you can restore your data will give you peace of mind.

Find out more! Keeping your devices and data backed up is essential. To learn more about the simple steps you can take, visit cyber.gov.au/backups. Get Social Be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for the latest practical advice that helps all Australians to stay secure online. We have developed a range of campaign resources to make it easy to share cyber security messaging with your networks.

Are you a victim of cybercrime? Visit ReportCyber to take your next steps. We use hyperlinks to give you more information. If you don't want to click hyperlinks, you can search for the information at https://www.cyber.gov.au/.

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