Using online backup storage can only go as far as you want it to go in the sense that you still control how satisfied you will be with their services. Sure, the service providers give you space and options, but tailor-fitting these options to fit your needs is something that you will have to do by yourself. Here are some of the best online backup practices that would help you enjoy online backup storage systems.
Set aside a day for checking and updating your files. Make it a habit to update your files and set a regular day of the week or time of the month when you will update your files. Check your files in the cloud to see if everything is still there, and add the files you need to backup when you have the time for it. Make time for the most important files first to help ensure that they are where they need to be!
Choose your auto-update settings, if any. Some cloud service providers have auto-update and sync features. This allows you to have the latest version of their services and also cuts your manual work of updating files. There are times when you connect devices that your cloud service provider will automatically sync new files for you. This is especially useful if you are using external hard drives for work files and the like. This notifies you of the latest addition of files in the cloud as well.
Be wary when using public computers. When using a public computer, make sure to use just the web version of the online storage and do not bother installing their software to the public computer. If you leave your account logged in, anyone who uses that computer will also have access to your files. When you log in to your account using any browser, another safety measure you can take is to clear the browser history after you log out just to make sure no one can recover the browsing activity you had on the public computer you used.
Compress files that are not often accessed. Compressing files which you do not usually access can help save some precious storage space. You can do this by keeping a folder which you will compress. This folder is where you can store older files that are not frequently used but are needed for referencing.
Update your password and security options. You can do this on an as-needed basis to help ensure that no unwanted people can access files which are important to you. Make sure that the email address you used to register for online backup services is active and that your password is a strong one. If you used a public computer and forgot to clear the history, you should change the password as soon as you can to prevent loss of files caused by other people with the potential to meddle with it.
With these safety practices, you will not lose any of your important files stored online! Do you have any of your own best practices to share with us? Feel free to share in the comments section!