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Top 5 Tips To Choose Best Online Backup Service

Kevin Nouse - Freelance software developer
06.28.16
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It's a data-driven world that we are living in now which calls for optimum protection of PC data- be it for business or personal use. However, sudden disk crashes can mean severe data loss and hence online backup services are the hero of the day now. These services will have a software installed in your PC or your Mac device that would scan all your files needed for backup. Then, the service would compress & encrypt your files & upload data to server farms with several redundant datacenters guarded by top military-grade security. The rising demand of online data backup assistance has led to the evolution of multiple virtual backup companies but then not all can be compatible for you. When it comes to choosing the right one, there are 5 most important factors you have to consider.

Backup – scheduled or continuous?

When it comes to choosing your online data backup service provider, first decide when do you want data backup. One can be the scheduled backup where you can set specific intervals on how often you would need the data backup service. The other one is continuous backup where the service company would be constantly watching over your files & back them up immediately as a change occurs. Some companies offer either of the two while the best ones extend a hybrid service including both scheduled & continuous backup. If you have some specific sensitive files that demand constant monitoring, you can apply for such a hybrid service.

Supports all file formats

This is one of the most important points when it comes to choosing your online data backup service provider. You have to check out beforehand that you're chosen online data backup service provider is flexible with all file formats.

Easy data restoration

When it comes to securing and restoring massive, say 100 GB data, you have to stay prepared for prolonged download. Now, what if suddenly the internet connection gets off? Thus, you have to ensure that your chosen online data backup service provider is ready to shift that magnum data into some external drive. When it comes to emergency data restoration, such an opportunity is priceless. Yes, it might mean $100 extra but then you would be saved from a daunting never-ending download time.

256-bit SSL security

You have to make sure that your data backup service provider is able to help you with 256-bit SSL & data encryption security. I have found many backup service providers asking for additional fee for 256-bit SSL provision. Hence you must check out whether the advertised backup rate covers such high end security options or not.

Trial plan

It's great if your online backup service provider is ready to help with a trial service period free of charge before you invest your hard-earned money into the service plan.

Finally, I always suggest getting an online backup comparison study between at least 4-5 potential service providers before investing on the final one. Don't forget to check their market reputation, ratings and what the previous customers have to say about them.

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