Whether through hardware failure, malicious software, or theft, losing your data is never fun. Too often, we don’t think about it until after an incident has taken place, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

That’s the goal of World Backup Day – to think about (and create) backups before something happens. After all, it’s not a matter of if you’re going to experience data loss, but when.

Life is far less stressful if you’re able to simply recover everything from a backup and go about your day. Think of it like a financial emergency fund – a proper backup will turn a major crisis into a minor inconvenience.

World Backup Day was founded in 2011 by digital strategy and research consultant Ismail Judan after reading about a Reddit user that had lost their hard drive and wished someone had reminded them to back up. Judan saw it as a great way to raise awareness and thus, the “holiday” was born.

The backup solution that works best for you will vary depending on your needs but in general, there are two methods to consider: local backups involving an external hard drive and cloud / off-site solutions. Either option is better than doing nothing although you’ll be best served by using both as the odds of losing local and remote backups simultaneously are incredibly low.

So, what's your backup strategy? You do have one, right?