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My backing up survey
As you probably remember, a couple of weeks ago I published a summary of a survey that I ran with my Ask Leo! Newsletter subscribers. The new subscribers were asked how they back up; if they back up; if they back up, how they do it; do they feel like it’s efficient for their needs – those kinds of questions.
In the summary that I published, I admitted I was actually a little disappointed (or maybe depressed would be a better word for it). The problem is that of the people who responded, upwards of 50% weren’t backing up or they weren’t backing up enough. More importantly, their back-up routines did not give me confidence that they weren’t setting themselves up for some serious, serious failure should a piece of hardware break, or should they have a malware infestation, or should a computer be stolen, or any of those kinds of things – any of the reasons or problems that we typically rely on backups to recover from.
So, that got me thinking, and I’ve been working on my next book. I teased it a little on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. As you might imagine, it’s going to be about backing up. But I want to take a slightly different twist on the subject, and rather than assume I’m covering all of the bases, I would like to hear from you.
Your biggest issue?
Please tell me: what’s the biggest issue that you have when it comes to backing up? If you’re not backing up, why not? What’s getting in the way? What’s preventing you? Are you are backing up in a half-hearted way, and you’re not really sure you are covered? What’s preventing you from feeling secure about the backups you are taking?
If you are one of those folks who are backing up completely and regularly, and you’re absolutely confident that you are totally covered, fantastic. But I’m sure you also know people who are in that 50% who aren’t backing up, or who aren’t backing up well enough. What do you hear as being the biggest obstacle to backing up? What is it that prevents people from saving their data, from backing up their data, from protecting themselves against all of these different things that can go wrong?
Give me a hand
I want to be sure I’m addressing the right issues in this upcoming book, and I’m asking for your help. What I would like you to do is to visit askleo.com, and in the comments section of this post, tell me: “What’s the biggest issue you or the people you know have about backing up?”
As I said, I have a new approach towards backing up for the new book. It’s not something I’ve done before, and I want to be sure I’m doing in the right direction, or if I need to tweak it a bit, based on your feedback.
Give me a hand, and I’ll report the results back to you. Let me know what stops you from backing up thoroughly, and we’ll take it from there. Thanks!