Scary Monsters for World Backup Day 2015

Data Loss Horror Tales

World Backup Day, the day everyone with a computer should make sure it is being backed up. Sounds great doesn’t it? The truth is, we all know someone who isn’t backed up—a friend, relative, or spouse. They just refuse to back up their computer. Oh, you’ve tried. You’ve explained how easy it can be and even sent them instructions on how to back up their computer, but nothing works. They just won’t back up their computer and it drives you nuts.

Maybe you’re being too nice, maybe it’s time for “scary monsters.” We can help. Here’s a collection of scary monster facts and stories you can send to the backup laggards on your list. If you’re a Backblaze customer, remember to use Refer-a-Friend to give them a free month of Backblaze to get them started.

Go ahead, scare some sense into your friends and loved ones who don’t back up. In the end, they’ll thank you for it. Just click on the image next to the story of your choice, copy the URL and send it to them—they deserve it.


This malware takes your computer’s data hostage then extorts money from you to get it back. Without a backup of your data, your choices are to lose your data or pay the ransom.



Yes, cats. It is a little known fact that cats hate your data. Well maybe they hate you working on the computer because then you’re not paying attention to them. Either way, if you have a cat, back up your computer.



Computers are nice targets for thieves and they really don’t care if the only copy of all your photos is on the computer they are taking or the backup USB hard drive sitting next to the computer.


67% Losers

If a computer crashed today, an amazing 67% of users would lose at least one year of data. In other words, they haven’t backed up in at least a year. Have you done anything worth saving on your computer this past year?



Fires, floods, and other disasters can be fatal to your computer, and all the disaster insurance in the world can’t recover your data if it’s not backed up. You’re on your own to recover your data from other places. Good luck.


100% Failure

The inevitable failure rate for every hard drive ever created since hard drives were invented in 1958 is 100%. In other words, all hard drives will eventually fail, you just don’t know when. So, are you feeling lucky?



Some people believe the NSA is tracking their every move. Maybe, but if your computer crashes, don’t expect the NSA to have your data. We tried and if they did have something they weren’t in a sharing mood.


This World Backup Day, when it comes to getting your friends and family to back up their data, don’t be afraid to bring out the scary monsters.


About Andy Klein

Andy Klein is the Principal Cloud Storage Storyteller at Backblaze. He has over 25 years of experience in technology marketing and during that time, he has shared his expertise in cloud storage and computer security at events, symposiums, and panels at RSA, SNIA SDC, MIT, the Federal Trade Commission, and hundreds more. He currently writes and rants about drive stats, Storage Pods, cloud storage, and more.