Posts Tagged ‘online backup’

Three Simple Ways to Increase Your Online Backup Security

Friday, October 19th, 2012

When it comes to the levels of security of online backup these days, it’s not unrealistic to say that people needn’t worry. Due to most providers adopting elite file encryption that surrounds data during transit and storage, coupled with highly capable servers within around-the-clock supervised data centers, the integrity of files should be the last thing on your concern list.

But, despite the facts, of course there are always a few more simple things you can do to add a little extra security to make yourself feel better, such as the following:

Making Sure You Do Your Research Before Signing Up with an Online Backup Provider

Yes it’s true that many reputable providers offer high levels of encryption to protect your data nowadays—but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily become complacent when choosing one. Like any industry, online backup has a mixture of apples of oranges. How you pick yours is up to you, since everyone’s needs are different. But one thing you should vigilantly be on the lookout for is just how safe your files will be. For example, MyPC Backup, a strong runner in our top 10 list, protects your files on Amazon S3 servers and utilizes 256 bit SSL encryption (which is more than adequate for business and home users). If the website of the provider you’re checking out doesn’t offer enough security details—then email them for it!

Creating an Iron Password

It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised by the number of people who create online accounts with passwords such as their name, date of birth, or even (unbelievably…) literally the word ‘password’. However, you should endeavor to do a lot more than just create a password that is unrelated to any personal information others can easily find out about you. That said, you’ll obviously need to remember it…so don’t go too far down the garden path with it! Once you’ve thought of the word, make it even harder for those pesky hackers by throwing in capital letters and numbers, along with some punctuation such as a question mark or percent sign. This will strengthen your password incredibly.

Get Your Firewall and Anti-Virus Fighting in Your Corner

When speaking of hackers, most of us tend to think of firewalls and anti-virus software. If this is you, excellent. If it’s not, then it’s strongly, strongly, strongly advised that you see to this immediately. Most operating systems come equipped with firewall controls that can be turned on easily, so there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of this feature. As for anti-virus software, there are plenty of providers out there who offer free versions of their products—although it’s recommended more so that you purchase a full account to ensure that peak levels of protection are placed over your machine at all times.

ZipCloud’s FREE Android Backup App

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Big hitter in the online backup field, ZipCloud, has released yet another mobile backup app, this being of the Android variety for use with smartphones and tablets which run on the quickly becoming very popular operating system.

Since the new generation of technology users nowadays are armed to the teeth with mobile gadgets, ZipCloud’s new Android backup app is set to be welcomed with a very warm embrace indeed due to its simplicity and many features which promise to make every day backup and syncing activities a doddle.

The app itself is free, offering customers a generous 1GB of online backup space to use as they please, as well as additional sync space to give them a flavor of the company’s reputable and well established services. The app can also be linked to computer and notebook accounts, as well as other mobile backup devices such as smartphones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad.

If backing up and syncing multimedia is your thing, you needn’t look any further than this clean and responsive gizmo, which has features such as:

-          Automatic camera roll backup

-          Doodle, Voice Memo and Note Creator – of which can also be backed up within the app

-          Access to Online Backup data

-          and access to Sync Folder data

More information on this mobile backup app, as well as ZipCloud’s many others, can be found on their website.

The Future’s Bright for Online Backup in Australia

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The forecast may be hot in Australia, but for its growing public online backup market, it’s looking even hotter. In fact, over the next five years it’s predicted to come close to doubling in value, becoming worth $5 billion dollars by 2016 according to analysts at Gartner.

This year, local spending is expected to reach $2.5 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent over the course of the next five year period.

The growth of its market is predicted to expand at around half the speed of Indonesia, China and India, falling slightly short of the United States. However, when compared to the majority of countries in Europe, Australia’s growth rate exceeds those of which between nine to fourteen percent over the same timeframe.

If these calculations come to fruition, it would also maintain a position of being the eighth most valuable country in way of public online backup services.

It’s believed that one of the reasons for large variances in growth amongst countries could be attributed to Gartner’s labeling of Australia being a ‘mature’ market for public online backup services, in comparison to relative immaturity of slowly establishing markets like Indonesia and India.

It seems like the fire of online backup is still very much ablaze right now, and will continue to expand rapidly for some time to come yet.

Tablets to Shape the Future of Online Backup Technologies

Monday, September 17th, 2012

If there’s one form of technology that’s up in the world of computing at the moment, it’s the tablet. This is a device that’s creating a whole new dynamic when it comes to mobile entertainment and file access due to the convenience they bring to consumers in the way of their lightweight design and ultra-responsiveness. However, the tablet takeover is also leaving a path of destruction along the way… 

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways tablets are changing the technology landscape and how it is making an impact on online backup:

Going Down…

The Notebook – It was only a couple of years ago that it was being eyed as the technology of the future. But once the iPad stepped onto the scene, its sales have continued to fall drastically. Global sales of iPads are now over double that of notebooks, which is one of the reasons the ‘computing grim reaper’ may be drawing near…

Flash – With the iPad (which utilizes HTML5) spreading like wildfire, it is unlikely that Flash will be able to recover. A growing majority of the world’s most popular websites also use HTML5, making its partnership with iOS a hard pill to swallow for its weakening counterpart…

Going Up…

Online Backup – It is no coincidence that companies such as MyPC Backup and Dropbox have grown immensely during the past two years along with tablet sales. Online backup suppliers quickly became aware of tablet users’ desire to backup their devices’ many images, videos and music, and jumped at the opportunity. Thanks to strong competition, online backup is now more affordable, secure, user-friendly and available than ever before.

Video Streaming – It’s not just online backup companies such as JustCloud that are feeling the benefits as tablets continue to fall into the palms of consumers, it’s also cloud-based video streaming companies such as NetFlix who have found astounding levels of growth thanks to the mobile device market.

The Future

With instantly installable apps and its overall innovative design, it’s likely that the iPad will expand its reach further, as will online backup and cloud-based web services. With home computers beginning to adopt tablet-esque features, it looks like Apple’s and Microsoft’s influences upon the world’s computing devices could be set to be a highly influential one indeed.

The Rumours of Online Backup

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Despite the tremendous growth and development of online backup, there still seems to be a lot of negative talk surrounding the world’s most modern method of backing up data which is finding its way into the homes and businesses of millions of users on a global scale.

But is all that hearsay about the system really true? Well, let’s take a look at three of the most common all of us have probably heard at one time or another.

Online Backup Providers Are All the Same…

Some of you may be reading this, wondering how anyone could believe this statement, but it’s actually been found to be true from a lot of studies. The fact remains, however, that no two online backup providers are ever the same. Like any company in life, some have pros and some have weaknesses, with some excelling in one particular area over others. This is why it’s important to choose your provider carefully. If you’re new to the world of online backup, then you need to ask yourself what exactly you want from your provider. Do you want to use their services for business or personal use? How much are you willing to spend? What kind of technical support do you require? Do you require a basic feature package, or do you need automated backups, file syncing, and file sharing, etc? Remember, not all providers are the same, and some are a lot worse than others.

Restoring Data from Online Backup Can Take Weeks…

If this were true, it would be either because your internet connection hadn’t been updated since the nineties or because you were accidentally restoring your entire neighbourhood’s data. But no, generally it doesn’t take anywhere near this amount of time to recover files, and with some providers who don’t cap their bandwidth it can take just a couple of hours.

Online Backup is Expensive for Home Users and Small Businesses to Run

If there’s anything the highly competitive market of online backup has shown us in the last six months, it’s that the prices of service plans have become very affordable for both home and business users. And certainly doesn’t need to be avoided by small businesses—if anything, due to the added security, recovery time benefits, worldwide data access, and the fact that backups can be automated, it is more likely that it will save businesses (who currently have tape backups, etc) money in the long run.

And so there you have it. Three myths busted.

Of course, the best way to assess a provider is to download a free trial version of their software to decide whether their service meets your needs before signing up.

The Ever Growing Cloud and Why it Can Help Enterprises

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The value of company data is constantly on the rise due to digital content expansion, and the use of tape backups is on the decline. A progressively mobile workforce is also bringing new challenges for the protection of data.

Below, are a few statistics to show how online backup can help solve these issues which many enterprises may be currently facing:

Companies are Seeing the Potential and Investing in its Advantages More Than Ever

-          In 2009, the worldwide market for online backup services was worth $59 billion, and is calculated to be worth $150 billion by 2014

Tapes are Becoming Old Hat

-          By the tail end of 2016, at least 44% of large enterprises will have eliminated tape method recovery

Data has Become Mobile in the Enterprise

-          The average number of devices carried on a mobile worker has increased to 3.4

-          91% of mobile workers think their mobiles should be enabled for both work and personal use

-          65% of mobile workers now carry a tablet

Data Loss is Expensive and is Often Due to Human Error

-          21% alone is from stolen/lost notebooks

Because There’s No Need to Waste Time Backing Up Anymore…

-          Backups can be reduced from 21 hours down to just a couple per week with online backup

As we all know, data backup has always been an issue for enterprises, but in light of mobile workforce phenomena and the need for instant recoveries and collaborative productivity, this can only point toward online backup as an efficient means of coping with modern day international business.

Online Backup Overload at Dropbox Causes a Stir

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Earlier during the week on Tuesday it came to the attention of many Dropbox users that something was off with their provider’s online backup services. The most common problems experienced were inaccessible data and drastically longer control panel loading times. However, some users have stated that they experienced difficulties with syncing, and even logging in to their accounts.

Not long after the technical faults occurred in the system, the individual users suddenly noticed that their problems weren’t unique to them after seeing a message posted on the company’s online backup forum.

The message, written by Dropbox co-founder Arash Ferdowsi, revealed just what was going on behind the scenes. ‘We are experiencing heavy-load, which is resulting in intermittent slowness/downtime. In some cases, there’ll be a delay when syncing files through the desktop client, but the delay shouldn’t last more than a minute or two. We had a similar issue yesterday and the team is hard at work on a solution. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and will provide updates as we learn more.’

It appears that Dropbox’s online backup engineers have now fixed the problems which surfaced earlier this week. However, if users are still experiencing any kind of problems with their accounts, they should contact Dropbox to sort out any persisting issues.

Online Backup for Accountancy in Your Business

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Accounting software is usually installed onto one or two computers which are connected to a network which runs within a business so important data can be accessed by staff. If the network goes down, however, or the software crashes, information is at risk of getting lost. Users must then restore this information from a recent backup—if they previously had such a system in place to enable this, that is.

A great way of avoiding this downtime is to utilize an online backup system in place of, or in addition to, regular accounting software. There are many advantages to this, such as:

-          An unlimited amount of users can have access to important data. All they need is a username and password.

-          Data is accessible not just from the office, but from any location worldwide where there’s internet access. It can be from a PC, notebook, tablet or even a smartphone, too. For accountants or associated staff, this could be seen as a blessing since it could save a few unnecessary trips to the office during weekends.

-          Files such as receipts can be uploaded to online backup from anywhere at any time also, meaning you could be accounting for expenses when on the move

-          Data is far much more secure when backed up with an online backup provider than a local network, due to multiple dedicated servers which utilize the same levels of encryption as banks.

-          Online backup packages are surprisingly cheap and could save a lot of money when it comes to downtime in comparison with its local network server counterpart which can take up to five times longer to restore company data

Before long, we may see accounting start to become more mobile as users start to realise the benefits which an online backup system can bring.

The Magic of Backup Genie

Monday, August 6th, 2012

It’s hard to not take notice of the way Backup Genie has managed to work its way up into the top 10 and hold its position at number 3 for the past few weeks. This can obviously only mean one thing: this provider has a big following and has strummed the strings of its online backup users tunefully. But what is it about Backup Genie that makes it able to grant so many online backup wishes?

Here’s an idea of the kinds of things our reviewers are currently praising:

Effortless interface – Although security and backup are usually considered the most important aspects of online backup, the words ‘user friendly’ and ‘simple design’ never go a miss with users. Backup Genie seem to have this nailed with both their website and desktop software

Fill your boots backup – Unlimited storage is a popular feature of online backup which more and more providers are beginning to offer nowadays. Backup Genie also offers smaller storage plans for those who have less data baggage to upload

Competitive pricing – One of the major points that drew customers in was its low prices, proving that online backup really can be affordable for anyone

Smorgasbord of features – Backup Genie received a lot of fans due to its integrated features. Customers have been enjoying practical online backup tools such as automated backups, file versioning and sharing, and multiple device synchronization

Backup Genie may not be riding the number 1 spot just yet, but we say: watch this space…!

Online Backup; Underrated or Overrated?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

We’ve all known technologies that have created a lot of hype to begin with, but have later not fulfilled the boots they intended.

For example, some people feel that Facebook is an overrated technology, mainly because of the stock problems it’s currently facing. However, on the other side of the fence, there are others who feel that it is in fact still an underrated technology because of the way it has seamlessly become a part of all of our lives, and, will most likely find a place in all of our futures.

But what about online backup? Underrated, or overrated?

Well, there certainly has been a lot of fuss about it recently, hasn’t there? This can sometimes dissuade people and influence their opinions negatively toward its value in society. However, when the system’s benefits are examined, it is quite difficult to say that this is merely a technology with a short lifespan that won’t affect our lives greatly now and in the future.

Let’s take a look at some of the ‘whys’:

-          Personal and working life integration – Because 9-5 has pretty much lost its meaning in most jobs around the world today, online backup has arrived at a time when remote access to business and personal data is crucial. People often continue working either when at home, on a train, or when away on business. Enter file collaboration and synchronization from online backup. These features, among others, can turn all of that unproductive travelling time into productive travelling time.

-          The Little Guy can get up to speed too – Online backup isn’t just for the large companies. It may sound expensive, but the truth of the matter is that it couldn’t be more affordable—no matter what the size of the company. With online backup, out of office productiveness and business travel will improve greatly.

-          A better connected world – Families are scattered across the world as are businesses these days. With online backup, files can be shared and viewed instantly, whether it’s a vital report or a wedding album.

And so with these benefits that are set to likely serve us long term, it’s not too bold to say that, if anything, online backup is currently an underrated system.

Want to know more? Then why not try out a supplier’s free trial version today?