In the last 30 years computer backup has seen us move from 5 inch floppy discs, to CD’s, to flash drives to clouds. As computer technology has developed so have our means of computer backup. Every development keeps our files safer, is more cost effective and more intuitive. But with so many options on the market how do you know which type of computer backup is the right one for you?
USB Sticks and External Hard Drives provide adequate computer backup. You can easily backup your files, by copying them from your PC to the external device. Whilst this form of computer backup will allow you to restore your files if your computer were to crash, it isn’t the safest way to store them. Whilst external hard drives can hold your files, in huge numbers, they can be easily accessed, stolen or damaged. Also storing your computer backup resource in the same vicinity as your computer, is ill advised for obviously reasons. If your house were to be wrecked by natural disaster or as previously mentioned you were to be burgled and the thief took all your computer equipment, you would lose all your files with no means of recovery.
More recent developments in computer backup are by far the most secure. Backing up your computer to an online cloud storage provider not only keeps your files a safe distance from your PC but you can also access to them via any internet ready device. Online backup also encrypts your files to a government defined standard to ensure security. At the end of the day, computer backup is a precautionary but vital measure in protecting your files so using the safest means possible is always the best choice.
The last 30 years have seen not only an improvement in computer backup styles but also in their sizes. Before you would have to transport around discs, or in some cases boxes of discs, where as now everything you need is online. The evolution of computer backup is without question a positive thing. Who knows where we’ll be in another 30 years.