Keeping copies of important documents isn’t a new concept. For decades we have always printed two copies of travel documents, contracts, work documents or even our homework, just case…. we always store one in a safe place and keep one with us, just in case….. After home computing became mainstream we began to make copies of our files in a different way. We would copy files to floppy discs, flash drives and eventually external hard drives. Our copies became less physical and more digital to remain in keeping with our developing time.
Now, two feet deep into the 21st century, our choice of medium for keeping copies of our documents has evolved into online backup. Rather than storing copies of our documents onto mediums we can still keep in our homes like floppy discs or CD’s, we now store them online on remote servers. The advantages to this from a safety point of view are endless. Whilst 20th century provisions were useful in the fact that they kept a copy of your documents safe and away from your hard drive, they still put your data at risk of loss, theft or human error.
By keeping copies of your files stored with an online backup provider, you store them remotely on servers away from your PC, accessible via a downloadable user interface. Files stored using online backup are also encrypted to a governed standard to ensure the highest level of security. With some online backup providers offering 99.99% security, you quite literally can’t get safer than that.
While CD’s and floppy discs served their purpose, there is no doubt that the provision on offer by online backup providers is the future. Depending on the provider you use, online backup can offer unlimited storage, file sharing, file syncing and anywhere, anytime access. Most online backup providers also offer a feature by which you can access your files via any internet ready device. This is great if you are away traveling and need a copies of your insurance documents for example.
While in ten years time this article maybe touting the benefits of something completely different, for now online backup is the best way to backup your PC and keep your files safe.