Many people are at risk of losing important information because they don’t back up their computer regularly, warns Computing Which?.
The magazine found that just 23% of Computing Which? members back up data to a safe format – such as a disc or external hard drive – at least once a week.
Once a week is the advisable minimum for saving your work if you want to keep precious data intact.
The survey found that 15% never back up data at all, and 21% do it only after six months or even a year.
However, backing up needn’t be a chore.
Computing Which? Assistant Editor Jaclyn Clarabut said: ‘Both Windows Vista and the Mac OS X Leopard operating systems have easy-to-use, automated back-up tools built in.
‘DVD discs cost only a few pence each, and portable hard drives, which can fit in the palm of your hand, can be stored away from the PC in case of theft or breakage.’