Online backup offers the convenience of accessing sensitive data remotely from any place without having to cumbersomely carry it along. During unforeseen and unprecedented disasters, the data will stay secure in the servers of backup provider and can be accessed at ease afterwards. Businesses can derive tremendous competitive advantage through data security.
a) To embark upon online backup, one needs to open an account with a reputed service provider like Mozy. It provides premium and free account setup facility to mitigate the vulnerability of your data. The free version offers 2GB of backup space. After registering with them, software is required to be downloaded and installed to sync your hard drive with their offsite servers. Their user interface will guide you through the process of picking and choosing the files to be backed up.
b) IDrive.com is another site that offers 2GB of free backup space. All one needs to do is to have their software installed and logged into and the world of protecting critical data is just two clicks away.
c) Adrive intends to sweep you off your feet with its revolutionary backup plan of 50GB for free. The security front is a little weak in this case.
d) Microsoft has eased the process of online backup through its Wondow Live’s Sky Drive which offers the users capability to store securely with strong password protection up to 25GB of data. The mode of operation is extremely simple and users can drag and drop files on the online folders just like normal computer operation. The user is just required to have a MSN or hotmail account.
e) The leading email service provider Gmail too has jumped into the scene with its drive that is also providing considerable online space. A single Google account for the user would suffice to avail this attractive space that can upload and secure his files in the drive or send files directly from Gmail to the drive.
The process is more or less same for other service providers. However, one should opt for a service that has a formidable reputation under its belt and has a list of satisfied top notch clients in its kitty. Online reviews can be extremely helpful in arriving at the right service. Data security is at stake and any free service can vanish from the market without any prior notice. One should invariably make a carbon copy of the files uploaded in two or more services to ensure the safety of files in the event of a disaster.
The internet should be regularly reviewed to see the latest trends in the online backup arena. As days will roll by, state of the art technologies will have greater influence on the market making the life easy for people desirous of accessing data remotely from online locations.