Do you know when the absolute worst time to think about backing up your data is? It’s the moment when your hard drive has died and your data is lost.
Online backup services will save your files off-site to the cloud. If your hard drive crashes your files are not lost. Your first line of defense should be an external hard drive to back up your hard drive or a jump drive for your documents.
An online backup provides 24/7 access to your files from any Internet connected computer, smartphone, or tablet style device. Data storage in the cloud is one of the quickest means to data archiving and recovery.
I recommend JustCloud
The requirements to judge the online backup are listed below.
Storage Size: More free storage is obviously better. Our photo files are larger and we are taking more photos. This requires more storage.
Document Synchronization: Documents and files created or changed need to automatically be uploaded to the “Cloud.”
Long Term Reliability of the Site: Will your files be there available a year from now, five years from now? JustCloud is considered reliable.
Security: It should be assumed that security is minimal for the free sites. If the files you upload will not be encrypted, there’s nothing to stop someone from looking at your files. This includes law enforcement officials who can serve papers from a judge requesting copies of your files. The services I have checked do not have encryption on the fly.
File Location: Ideally the files should be able to be located anyplace on your hard drive. Instead many online backup services require a special folder to be created. All your files will have to be stored in that folder. Also, the files will have to be stored on the local drive and copied to the online service.
Ease of Use: The service should be menu driven and intuitive when selecting the files and folders to be backed up. These are two primary ways to do this:
The first way is the service creates a folder and all the files in the folder are backed up. Skydrive does it this way. It creates a folder and everything in this folder is backed up.
The second way is you select folders or files inside the program. Using some online backup services, a tree of your files and folders is displayed and you select the files/folders to back-up by clicking a check box.