Computer retailers are like car salesmen, they always try to throw in a few extras, just because. But next time you are buying a new computer or laptop and the sales guy says, “I’ll throw in one of our desktop storage discs for free, it’s the best way to protect your files,” remember that it’s not free and it’s not the best way to protect your files.
Whilst using the disc may make an additional copy of your files incase you happen to damage or delete the original, desktop storage discs cannot protect your files against real threats, such as theft, viruses or hard drive failure. All three of these are significant issues which could cause you to lose all your files.
All hard drives fail, that’s not a threat it’s a fact. If the only versions you have of your files are stored on their, then you’ll be sorry when it crashes and they are lost. Forever. Viruses can wipe out files in almost the same way. Whilst some may be able to be recovered, those which are infected or are carrying the viruses would have to be deleted for the good of the rest of your computer. Theft on the other hand is self explanatory. If all you files are saved on your laptop and some one steals it, waves goodbye to your files, you won’t be seeing them again.
The easiest way and most cost effective way to protect your files is online backup. Cloud storage is the future when it comes to the protection of your files. Government enforced encryption levels and 24 hour a day monitored remote servers can withstand even the most malicious of viruses, to the point where they are 99.99% efficient. By storing a copy of your files online, you no longer have to worry about hard drive failure or theft, because you can rest easy knowing that you have a safe copy stored in your cloud.
Desktop storage discs don’t even come close to the benefits of cloud storage. So when they offer, just say no.