94% of computer users still risk data loss

By | July 12th, 2011

Backup Awareness Month 2011
Each of the last four years during June’s Backup Awareness Month, Backblaze has conducted a data backup survey using Harris Interactive. We always ask the same question: are you backing up your computer data and, if so, how often?

The results of this fourth annual survey and the three previous ones are:

Percent of Respondents Who Backup Computer Data






Backup Daily or More





Backup Weekly or More





Backup Monthly or More





While in the last few years there has been a steady trend of more people backing up data; this year surprisingly fewer people responded that they backup their computers. Anyone have any theories?

Other interesting statistics from the survey:

  • 35% of computer owners have NEVER backed up their computer.
  • 51% of computer owners backup less than once a year (or never.)
  • Only 2% backup more frequently than once-per-day
    (Backblaze recommends backing up continuously!)
  • Women are 33% more likely than men to have never backed up their computer.
  • Backups correspond with education; percent of people who have ever backed up:
    * 56% High-school or less
    * 68% Some college
    * 75% College or more
  • Backups correspond with income; percent of people who have ever backed up:
    * 56% Less than $35k
    * 63% $35k – $49k
    * 67% $50k – $74k
    * 74% More than $75k
  • Backups correspond to employment; percent of people who have ever backed up:
    * 74% Full-time employed or self-employed
    * 58% Part-time employed
    * 58% Unemployed
  • Your thoughts on these? Expected/not expected?

    Have some friends or coworkers who are not backing up?
    Give them the gift of online backup ;-)

    These surveys were conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Backblaze June 28-30, 2011 among 2257 respondents, June 3-7, 2010 among 2071 respondents, May 13-14, 2009 among 2,185 respondents, and May 27-29, 2008 among 2,761 respondents. In all surveys, respondents consisted of U.S. adult computer users (aged 18+), weighted to the U.S. adult population of computer users. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology is available.

    Gleb Budman
    Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. Founded three prior companies. He has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, Ignite: Lean Startup, FailCon, CloudCon; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; a mentor for Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security.

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