05 January 2011

Online Backup : The 4 Key Features that You Should Understand

Online backup is also called remote backup. Online backup is essential especially when you have some important documents or files stored in your computer. We have no idea about the "expire date" of the hardware of a computer. Therefore, online backup  your important data can help you to avoid unnecessary troubles in the long run. However, it is good idea to understand some key features about this process as stated below.

1. Internet Providers
On the Internet, there are several companies offer backup and data archiving services for interested subscribers. Some of these backup and archiving services may be utilized for a limited period depending on the agreement, while other companies maintain archived data indefinitely so their users can easily access it anytime. Customers may avail themselves of backup storage services for a fee and will only need to connect to the Internet for files that they select to be automatically copied to the service provider’s storage. This method is also known as web-based backup. The benefit is the backup process is more convenient and similar to storing data on an external local drive when a user has a high-speed Internet connection.

2. Off-side Storage Backup
Off-side storage backup can be done via online backup which involves backing up files, folders or an entire hard drive to a remote server or to a separate computer with a network connection. The advantages of this method are backup is usually automatic and users do not need to worry about the potential risk of using their CDs and external hard drives, which can be misplaced or stolen and if calamities strike, these medium can also be destroyed.

3. It may eliminate the risk of permanent data loss 
Data loss can have many debilitating effects especially for private files or important data used in a business that can no longer be recovered. The main goal of remote backup is to remove or at least reduce the effects of data loss as a result of unforeseen circumstances or accidents such as fire, file corruption, sudden power surges, burglary and many others. When you constantly backup your files and important data, the risk of permanent data loss is practically eliminated and you can easily retrieve or access the backup copies of your data.

4. Password Protection
Some people may be more hesitant about sharing data over the Internet than they are about storing it in an external storage location. This is where password protection and encryption come in handy. Password protection prevents intruders from gaining access to confidential data, and encryption translates these files into code so that even if they are stolen or illegally accessed, the intruder will not be able to make sense of the data. These two features help ensure the privacy and secure of data transfer and storage.

Online backup ultimately offers peace of mind and security to its users. But to get the most out of this service, it is important that consumers understand how much backup service they require and what other precautions should be taken.

Edited by: Xaivier Chia


1 comment:

KK said...

I was browsing one of the drives I backed-up and got to "not responding". I had to kill and restart Windows Explorer. After the restart,
Backup Online

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