Now, I will admit part of me is thinking, “What in the heck am I doing trusting an online backup company far away to store my data?”

None of us is conditioned to trust people we don’t know or let them see our data.

We have become an increasingly paranoid species…No one is allowed to see my stuff!

With HIPAA laws to protect us from other people finding out our health records — like anyone really cares about my health records — and screen shields to keep the guy at the next table at the coffee shop from seeing our work, we are afraid of data-peeping Toms.

My feeling was, it is MY data and I just don’t want someone else’s prying eyes looking over it seeing all my work and my play.

With all that said, what is the truth about online backup services and can they give you peace of mind?

Can they really simplify our lives or they just another opportunity for a gullible public to get screwed and look like an idiot?

Make up your own mind, but I confronted my fears about sending my data way off to be stored and started using internet backup some time ago…

Here is the logic I used in deciding to trust the online service:

1. Just thinking about backing up is worthless…it is done daily — I wasn’t doing backup daily (I am embarassed to admit, not even weekly.)

2. The backup copy needs to be stored remotely or it is worthless — My external drive was kept at my house.

3. The external hard drive I was using started to have maintenance issues — I was constantly dealing with Seagate customer support to figure out if my data was actually being stored on the drive.

4. Admitting to myself the solution had to be automatic or it wouldn’t work.

What is the truth about online backup services? The real story is, the model isn’t perfect but it works. In its most basic form, it is cheap — about $5 a month and you can set everything up one time an forget about it.

If you choose one of the larger services, like Mozy or Elephant Drive, you can sleep at night knowing your data is protected and you won’t be regretting not having backed up later.


7 Responses to “The Truth About Online Backup”

  1. Brenda on September 6th, 2010 2:36 am

    The above is really so true about online backups.If your files are backed up online,one sleeps really well knowing that the files are secure.Am currently using Safecopy online backup and all my files are so secure with Safecopy.It is cost effective and so reliable.

  2. Roger on September 6th, 2010 6:01 am

    Thanks Brenda! It is amazing how relaxing putting things on automatic is.

  3. Sean Kline on September 18th, 2010 7:04 am

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  4. Roger on September 18th, 2010 8:07 am

    Thanks Sean!
    I couldn’t agree more and I will check out your link.

  5. Eldarina on September 27th, 2010 7:12 am

    Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.

  6. Roger on September 27th, 2010 7:33 am

    thank you Eldarina! You just made my day!

  7. business backup on October 4th, 2010 1:23 pm

    Most online backup companies have good encryption. But what sets apart business-class services are 1) transfer speed 2) support 3) reliability of restores. That’s why I protect my business data with Remote Data Backups.

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