Yesterday I went into Staples to buy some photo paper so my wife can print and send copies of our precious granddaughter to our family and friends. Instead of giving me a receipt they emailed it to me and then my computer, which is linked to my email client through Outlook Express automatically downloaded it to my hard drive along with my other emails.
Welcome to the digital age
Today our computers, tablets and phones are storing tons of vital and important data
• Personal data like – Family pictures -Family videos – music
• Legal data like -Birth Certificates – rental agreements – deeds – driver’s licenses and more
• Business data like – client files – graphics – marketing material and more
And even though digital storage is easy, fast and takes up hardly any space our computers and other digital devices are subject to:
Hard drive mechanical failure
Statistically every 24 hours a computer crashes and unless that data is backed up all of those precious memories and hard work can be gone in an instant. It is a growing awareness that even though onsite backup systems are great they are subject to all of these threats as well.
That is why so many people are moving to remote offsite locations (normally called the cloud) to store their precious data. There are two basic solutions that people are turning to. One is cloud based storage sites like Dropbox and Google drive and the other are cloud based backup services like GotBackUp and Carbonite
Cloud Based Storage
(Size Limitations) Though you can get many of these services for free cloud based storage sites are not designed to protect your data and only provide a limited amount of data protection. They are designed primarily as a place to store and share small amounts of data on line. Many have file size limitations so you may not be able to upload large videos or image files.
For the majority of online storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive, you can only store a certain amount of data on their servers. Even if you pay $10 a month for a 1TB of space, it might not be possible to store (or back up) everything you need to save.
Most storage services also limit the size of the files you can upload and the amount of data you can transfer to their services at a given time, making it more of a hassle to quickly protect all of your files
(Lack Of Automation) Most storage services do not provide automatic upload your data. You have to remember to manually upload your files so if you forget or get busy your files do not get stored. You also have to go through the hassle remembering manually save your files to one designated folder on your computer in order to get them stored on these services.
For each file, it’s a decision to save them there or somewhere else. Many programs create a unique folder where they save your user data; those won’t be saved to the online storage space unless you change the save location to the syncing folder (and not all programs will let you do this).
(Shady Security) The primary purpose of cloud sharing services is to allow you to share files with other devices. Data protection is not a priority in fact NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden criticized Dropbox recently, saying protecting users’ information is not a top priority for the company. It is not advisable that you store important data like bank statements, tax returns, driver’s licenses etc. on these types of services
Files stored on Dropbox, Google Drive and other such services are encrypted on their servers, but they’re not locally encrypted on your computer before being synced to the cloud. That means if a government agency or hacker gets access to your account (and, as you’ve probably heard, there have been security leaks and vulnerabilities before), your files will be readable to them unless you’ve manually encrypted these files yourself using third-party software before storing them online.
Cloud Back Up Services
(No Size Limitations) In contrast to cloud based storage cloud based backup systems have a totally different purpose. They are designed for full protection against data loss and (most importantly) recovering all of your files in case your computer is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised.
The top tier cloud back up services like GotBackUp and Carbonite provide 100% unlimited back up for as little as $95 – $100 per year. (Note Some Cloud backup services do have limitations) meaning you can back up your entire hard drive no matter how big even if it has multiple terra bytes of data, no need to worry about folders.
They’re optimized for efficiently transferring huge amounts of data between your computer and the backup servers quickly and seamlessly. You don’t have to worry about how much space you’re taking up or clear out files from your queue because everything gets backed up automatically and efficiently, including files on external drives.
(Full Automation) Cloud backup systems are simply a set and forget situation. Once you’ve picked the files and folders to be backed up, you don’t have to do anything else. Every important file gets saved (perhaps even ones you didn’t think to create a copy of, such as files saved on your desktop), automatically and continuously backed up online.
In Gotbackup’s case, you don’t even have to select the files and folders to back up just set it to back up your entire hard drive (but if you like you can adjust the file types to save and such); the software does it all for you. Most of us don’t want to even think about backups. This is as easy as it gets.
(100% Peace Of Mind So You Can Sleep Like A Baby Security) With all the NSA and other spying scandals brought to light recently, we all should pay close attention to our security and privacy. When you want to back up sensitive files like bank statements, tax returns, or contracts–or just don’t want someone peeking at your photos–encryption is critical.
Online storage services, because they’re designed for quick access and sharing, aren’t as secure as backup services, for whom safeguarding our data is their bread and butter. As we said above files stored on Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud based storage services are encrypted on their servers, but they’re not locally encrypted on your computer before being synced to the cloud.
That means if a government agency or hacker gets access to your account (and, as you’ve probably heard, there have been security leaks and vulnerabilities before), your files will be readable to them unless you’ve manually encrypted these files yourself using third-party software before storing them online.
Cloud backup services, on the other hand, offer multiple layer of security, by first automatically encrypting your files with a private key that uniquely protects your data and then storing them online on encrypted drives that use military quality encryption
They also store your data in multiple locations. And with Gotbackup your data is stored on data centers in two different States. Even data centers can become vulnerable to storms, fires, earthquakes and who knows what. Redundancy is an important part of data security
Both cloud based storage and cloud based back up have a role to play. But for secure backing up and restoring important and private data you do not want to use a data storage system. You want a good secure cloud Back up system like GVO’s GotBackUp.
This is the service that I use and it works quietly in the background protecting my data from both disaster and prying eyes. They have several plans to choose from and you can learn more about got back up by clicking the link below
One more thing. GotBackUp also has an incredible reseller program that will allow you to not only get your service for free but make a significant income as well.