It is a fact of life; computers crash. For those
who use their computers to store important personal or
business data, a computer crash or a nasty virus can
wipe out all of your files in one quick swipe./b>
What is Online Backup?
Backing up your files is a method of storing files
in a location separate from your computer. Should your
computer crash or get infected, your important files
will be preserved in a different location, allowing you
to access them in their original form even after a
crash. Being proactive about your file safety is
incredibly important. Files like pictures, word
documents, videos, e-mails, spreadsheets, and anything
else you store locally on your computer, can easily be
erased forever in a moment. Online backup stores your
files on the internet, as opposed to traditional backup
which typically uses disks or your computer's hard
- Online backup does not rely on hardware or
equipment that can fail. CDs can be scratched, hard
drives can break, and if these things happen to your
backup many of your important documents may be
corrupted or lost. Since online backup is stored
elsewhere, a disaster at your home or office will
not be able to take out both your computer and your
- Users are able to backup their files anywhere
that has an internet connection. Files are backed up
incrementally, so when you update a file, only the
changes will need to be uploaded to your backup
- One of the perks of online backup is the
ability to access your files from anywhere. Since
files are stored in a central location, all you need
is a computer and an internet connection to access
- Online backup services often update and
upload files automatically whenever you are
connected to the internet. This saves users time and
effort, and helps in instances where you may forget
to update your backup files with new or revised
- The initial upload of your files is a lengthy
process. Depending on the amount that you choose to
backup, the process can literally take months to
transfer over all of your important data. This is
often a barrier for most people, as even the most
patient user can get frustrated when waiting that
long for files to transfer. If you access the
internet on a dial-up connection, the rate of
transfer will be exponentially slower and make this
backup method completely impractical.
- File restoration will be a lengthy process as
well. Downloading files back to your computer could
take days, and while some online backup services
will put it all on a disk and mail it to you,
waiting for your own stored data can be annoying.
- As with anything posted on the internet, it
is possible that your privacy may be compromised.
Always check that the online backup you are using
offers file encryption for transfers between you and
the site, and make sure that the place where the
data is stored is entirely secure as well.
- If you do not have an internet connection, or
do not access the internet frequently, online backup
is probably an impractical solution. By not
accessing the internet, you deny the online backup
system a way to incrementally update your files.
Without access to any internet connection, you are
without access to all of your backup files since
internet access is a requirement for online backup.
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