Odds are, at some point the hard drive on your computer is going to fail. Statistically, we know this, yet most of us don’t regularly backup our computer files. For those who do, the traditional way of backing up photos, documents and other digital keepsakes is on physical media – CD, DVD, flash drive, hard drive, etc. As you may know, this method has some serious downsides. For starters, all storage media (even hard drives and flash drives) can fail over time, so you need to keep more than one backup if you want to be fully covered in the event of a digital catastrophe. Second, backing up to multiple drives or discs on a regular basis can be time consuming. Finally, you need to keep your backups in a different location than your originals to protect you in case of fire, flood, power surges, etc. This makes backing up daily or even weekly very burdensome. With all of these hurdles, it’s no wonder we don’t backup our files.
There is, however, an easier way. Online backup services stream your data over the Internet to off-site servers where, for $5 to $10 per month, someone else keeps your data safe and secure. Software on your computer regularly sends backups to the servers, where it’s available anytime you need it. Backups are easy and automatic – just set it and forget it.
Backing up your data online offers several advantages: