How is online backup software like a mirror?

1. Data backup software only reflects what you have in your system today – if you happen to delete a file the software assumes you don’t want to keep even previous versions you’ve saved.

2. Most data backup software will only store your information for 30 days after you stop paying your bill, so it can disappear quickly.

3. Also, most software doesn’t copy everything on your hard drive like most of us thinks it does – so, with files larger than 2 GB for example, they won’t get copied unless you alert the backup company to copy it specifically.

So, it is best to think of it like a mirror – a reflection only of most of the information you have on your hard drive that can vanish quickly.

Take away – check to make sure that your service is backing up what you think it is!

Online storage companies all seem to look the same on paper…As my dad used to say, 6 of 1 = half a dozen of the other.

I suggest skimming this article fast and jumping to the bottom to find the punchline.

Quick Overview…
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