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100 GB Free Cloud Backup

100 GB Free Backup
100 GB Free Cloud Backup

Promo code for 100 GB Free Cloud Backup can be redeemed on TAPNET.  Read the article to learn everything you need to know about cloud storage. Instructions to get the 100 GB Free Cloud Backup promo code is hidden in the article.

Unlimited Cloud Storage Free

There are many cloud storage providers that provide some storage space for free like Google Drive, OneDrive and iDrive. They all have different features and service offerings and they all hope you upgrade. Cloud Storage keeps a copy of your files in a cloud data center. Free doesn’t always make it the best. Some organizations let you store files for free so they can use your files to personalize and present ads to your more effectively.  We're not going to say who.

Free Backup Software

Free backup software is a necessary piece to use a cloud storage service. Some cloud storage service providers will provide the backup software for free, but limit the number of devices. So the free backup software isn’t really free, it is being priced in some other way like adding device licenses.

Amazon Cloud Storage

One of the fastest growing service providers is Amazon Cloud Storage. Also known as AWS. As Amazon grew rapidly they collected large amounts of data for their online store and developed data centers due to necessity.  Amazon Merchants are charged a fee to list their items and rates vary if they also use FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) warehouse and shipping services.

Best Cloud Storage Canada

TAPNET is a cloud service provider and uses Amazon Cloud Storage data centers. Amazon is one of the few larger cloud storage providers that has a dedicated data center in Canada. This can ensure your data is secure and stored within Canada. When ordering TAPNET online backup, select the Canada option and your online backup account will be set to store data in the Canadian Amazon data center.

Free Cloud Storage Comparison

Below are some details and features of other Cloud Storage Providers. There are many cloud storage service providers and we hope that you take advantage of the 100 GB Free Cloud Backup offer by TAPNET. Head over to our facebook page (facebook.com/tapnet) and click on Reviews. Leave us a review and we’ll send you the 100 GB Free Cloud Backup promo code.

iDrive Backup Features

iDrive backup features that they highlight are:

  • Cloud backup
  • Multiple device backup
  • Multi device compatible
  • Social media backup
  • Open/locked files backup
  • Mapped and external drives backup
  • Automated backup
  • Remote computer backup
Google Drive Features

Google cloud backup features that they highlight are:

  • 15GB space. Keep any file. Share how you want
  • Built to work with Google. Save Gmail attachments. Powerful search. Google Photos
  • Work smarter with apps. Docs, Sheets, Slides. Google Forms
  • Take Drive even further. Scan documents. Work offline
SOS Online Backup Features

SOS Online Backup features they highlight are:

  • Mobile Apps iOS and Android
  • File Access Web app, mobile apps, and desktop program
  • Transfer Encryption 256-bit AES
  • Storage Encryption 256-bit AES
BackBlaze Features

BackBlaze features they highlight are:

  • Scheduled and Automated Backups
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Continuous Backup
  • Hard Drive Restore Program
  • Full Disk Backups
  • Version Saving
  • Unlimited File Types
  • Unlimited File Sizes
Box Storage Features

Box Storage they highlight are:

  • Easy Document Sharing.
  • Setting Permissions for Secured File Sharing
  • Seamless Collaboration
  • Effortless Offline Syncing
  • Better Workflow Automation
  • Smooth Content Interaction Using Box View
  • Integration with Other Applications
  • Privacy and Compliance
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Cloud Backup Solutions For Small Businesses

Cloud Backup Solutions For Small Business
Cloud Backup Solutions For Small Business

The most popular choices here include: Carbonite, Backblaze, OpenDrive, SpiderOak and Acronis. Well these might be the first to appear on a Google search, we cannot exclude ourselves. TAPNET offers the first class backup client software for small business. Ideal and packed with features including a free 15 day trial. Keep reading to get free backup service.

How do I backup to the cloud for free?

To backup to the cloud for free you will need to find a service provider that is offering a backup service that is actually free. Not just a free trial or free cloud storage space for which to copy files into. We didn’t actually do any research here because we want to point you to the Free online backup service you can get directly from TAPNET. 2 simple steps and you will be on your way to a free backup service. First, find and like our Facebook page here (Facebook.com/TAPNET). Then click on Reviews and leave us a fantastic review. Afterall, we’re about to offer you a free backup service. Within a few minutes Facebook will respond to your Review with a Promo Code to use on Tapnet.com/5GBFREE

How much does 1 TB of cloud storage cost?

Price for 1TB of cloud storage varies from each service provider. On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to several hundred per year. While the prices have varied over the years the general trend is for prices to drop periodically. Keep in mind Cloud Storage is different than Cloud Backup. Read more about the differences in this article titled: How Can I Backup My Data Online For Free.

Is OneDrive better than Google Drive?

We always find products that Microsoft produces to be generally clunky compared to the first class quality that Google has. When the cloud storage client software was first available for Windows they both had their quirks. Google has improved a lot since then where now you can actually switch between accounts better now and on Windows you can add another account. While this feature does work best on Android, it is nice that you don’t have to completely disconnect the Google Drive client now to access another account. They both offer an amount of space for free. For example Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage to start. The upgrade to GSuite with 30GB priced roughly at $70USD for a year at the time of this writing. Do remember though that these accounts include backup space for any devices connected. Each device and the photos or videos that get backed up will quickly use up Free 15GB for most people.

How do I backup my small business data?

Even if you are using Google Drive look in your local folders for the cached copy of all the files. This is the folder that you want to backup to either an external hard drive or an alternate backup service. While you are pretty safe with Google Drive not losing anything, if you are saving small business files like documents and spreadsheets there are no revision history or retention policies available. This is where you will want to couple Google Drive or any Cloud Storage with an online backup service. Try TAPNET free for 15 days using the backup client you can use Hybrid option in the backup plan to create a local backup and sync that local backup into the cloud.

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Backup Retention Policy

Backup retention policy refers to how long the backup files or data is kept.  Common questions about backup retention are below and we will cover these in more depth.
Backup Retention Policy

Backup retention policy refers to how long the backup files or data is kept. Common questions about backup retention are below and we will cover these in more depth.

How long should you keep backups?

Backups are only as valuable as the most recent version. This can help determine how long you should keep your backup and older file versions. The examples here are unlimited. Basically if you are modifying files daily or even hourly then more frequent backups is ideal. Based on these details, try to determine how long you should keep backups. Preparing a disaster recovery plan try to determine if a data restore should be required, how many days, weeks or months or even years of data should be kept.

What are retention policies?

Retention policies are standards set by the business that determine the parameters on how much old data is retained. For example, if there is a compliance requirement such as taxaion documents, perhaps the policy is set by an outside entity and that might be to retain 7 years worth of data. This is not to say that all documents would be purged once they are 7 years old, but perhaps certain documents could then be discarded.

How do you create a data retention policy?

On the technical side the data retention policy would then be translated into the backup settings to abide by the policy. The main features in the backup software client are to set if a file should be deleted after it reaches a certain age, but always keep the latest version. Other options include keeping a certain number of versions of each file. For example, in the case of a spreadsheet that is modified daily, perhaps keeping 10 versions, where 10 represents 10 days of history. Maybe some businesses need many more. During a backup if that file is modified, it would save another version until it reaches the minimum number of versions required and any additional versions would be purged. There could also be a delay in place to purge the extra versions a certain number of days after that requirement is met. Finally, to delete files from the backups completely if they are deleted locally. This would keep the backups more in sync with the data that is local on the drives. In some instances this keeps the data storage for the backups from growing out of control.

Which backup uses retention period?

Backup retention period is really what separates backups with cloud storage. If you modify data regularly and requires regular frequent backups then using cloud storage might not be the best solution. Cloud storage services only keep the most recent version of a file and if it is deleted holds those files in a trash bin for a certain amount of time, then they are purged permanently. If you asked Google to restore a deleted file from 5 weeks ago there is a strong chance it is gone forever. Backup takes a copy of the current version and then using the retention policy to determine how long to keep that file. Cloud storage only has one copy. If you modify and save in error, there is no versions to restore back to. It is always a good idea even if using Cloud Storage, to also run a backup of the locally stored (cached) version of those files for your own security.

What is the grandfather father son backup?

Grandfather, father, son backup is a term coined when using multiple media storage units for local backups. Also referred to as the 3 generation backup. For example, there will be a daily, weekly and monthly backup and those media units (hard drives or tapes) would be rotated with 3 sets. This is an old method of running a backup and using this rotation provides a retention of say 3 months. However, it isn't exactly 3 months depending on how those media units are recycled. It migh be 3 monthly snap shots of the data when that monthly backup is run. The daily or weekly backups would be more of a saviour for retrieving recent versions. This can now be simulated with unlimited backup plans as found in the TAPNET Online Backup software client by creating backup plans that simulate the 3 generation backup retention policy.

As always, the most valuable backup is the most recent one. If you haven't started, we highly recommend the TAPNET 15 Day Free Trial to get started. Any backup is better than none, even if its a free trial. It just might be the one that saves you.

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How can I backup my data online for free?

How can I backup my data online for free
How can I backup my data online for free?

Top question that everyone asks, how can I backup my data online for free? Today we will take a deeper dive into the top 5 questions about online backup. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how to backup data online, where files are stored, what exactly is meant by online backup and if online backup is the most secure way to backup files.

Were can I backup my files online?

There are many tech companies offering online backup now, but many of them use the mega data centers to store your data such as Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS. There are many other smaller local data centers that are sufficient and follow the best practices for data protection and security. While these main data centers are the best, they are not always that easy to navigate to complete online backup of data. Usually there will be a need for a local backup client software that needs to be installed on the device that then communicates to synchronize to the storage server in the data center. Devices are now being sold with the main storage software products pre-installed so all that is required is to login and the backup of the data starts automatically. This can also be challenging until you navigate the software or have a need to restore a file that is lost or corrupted locally. There is a big advantage at times to work with a service provider like TAPNET in these cases where quick 24/7 tech support is available to help since the larger organizations that build and maintain the data centers are not available for this level of support.

What do you mean by online backup?

The main buzz word that everyone has heard now is cloud storage. While the servers are not actually stored in the clouds, although that might be more interesting, the cloud really means a cluster of servers inter-connected across many locations. While cloud storage sounds like a good place to backup files, it is actually just like using an external drive or memory stick but located somewhere else that is only accessible via an internet connection and a device with the software to retrieve the files from those servers.

What is the most secure way to backup files?

For individuals or small and medium businesses, we always recommend to start with a local backup. This could be different for everyone depending on the type of data being stored. For example, photographers might be storing images from photoshoots which would be very difficult to recreate if they were lost. Gone are the days where everything is printed including pictures. Everyone relies so much on digital files now for everything that the first and main priority is finding a secure way to backup files. Local backups like external drives or even NAS devices that have built in redundancy can be very useful to ensure the files are stored and secure should something occur to the main copy. These are only as good as the most recent backup, so it is important that this backup is secure and reliable. TAPNET backup software allows you to create a Hybrid backup where the primary backup is copied to a local device such as external drive and then synchronized to a cloud based data center. An off-site backup is a great place for a 2nd copy in case the primary local backup suffers a loss via corruption, hardware failure or worse fire or theft. Placing the primary copy of the backup in a secure place where it is safe from these disasters is and should be part of your plan to keep your important files secure.

Is online backup secure?

Online backup security has evolved where by every bit of data that moves between your device and a cloud based data center can be encrypted and can even be stored with encryption where if the key is lost, no one can retrieve the data. At least not in any usuable format other than squiggly characters that humans cannot decipher. There is definetly more reason to feeling that using cloud based data will make online backup secure enough. Of course if the data is so sensitive that it shouldn't even be exposed to the equipment then perhaps online isn't a good place to backup. A carefully planned disaster recovery should be performed to determined the ideal solution. TAPNET is available for consultations to help determine the best backup solution for your data.

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Data Backup and Recovery

Data Backup and Recovery

Data Backup and recovery refers to the process of backup up data in case a loss and setting up systems that allow that data recovery due to data loss.

Backing up data requires copying and archiving computer data, so that it is accessible in case of data deletion or corruption. TAPNET data backup service offers 100GB Online Backup for storage space for a one time fee of $4.95. Add storage in increments of 100GB any time. The one time setup fee includes 1 device, but offers unlimited local and network drives for that 1 device.

Data Backup Software

TAPNET backup client software works on all major operating systems such as Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, Virtual Machine, Synology QNAP, Backup for Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, SUSE, Oracle Linux. Use any of these backup clients with the 100GB of data storage.

Data Backup and Recovery Plan

To create a data backup or recovery is just a few clicks away. From the client application click on Files and follow the wizard through the steps to setup a backup plan. The options start with choosing to create a local or cloud backup or a Hybrid where the backup is done locally first and then to cloud. We highly recommend this option to build data redundancy and eliminate single point of failure. Off-site backups are always recommended as a second level of data backup with on-site or local being the primary go to.

Backup Procedures

Every small business should have a disaster recovery plan and part of that should include data backup and recovery procedures. These should be documented and kept as a hard copy with multiple key stakeholders. Just imagine that you are doing a data recovery with a brand new machine and have absolutely nothing left from the disaster except the manual to recovery from.

Data Backup and Recovery Tools
Methods and Software

When preparing a disaster recovery plan every detail should be considered. From which files and folders are required to be in the backup to the hardware needed for the local backup and a full detailed inventory of what hardware requirements to complete a successful recovery. It is also good to practice the recovery process and document the methods used such as full or partial restores, priority of folders and the estimated time to implement the recovery plan.

Importance of Data Backup and Recovery

Every small, medium and large business will invest enourmous amounts of time and money in technology and the data represents the value of the employee equity. Without a backup, a disaster can wipe out all the equity of the organization. The recovery is like having a fire safe to prevent important papers from being destroyed in a fire. Remember the most valuable backup is the most recent one.

Backup and Recovery Concepts
  • Selecting file types to backup
  • Backup only modified files
  • Skipping system and hidden files
  • Skipping locked files
  • Backup compression configuration
  • Additional security and encryption
  • Setting Retention Policies
  • Sync your data that has been deleted locally
  • Backup schedules, one time, real time
  • Notification and event logs
  • Data versioning and file revision history
Backup Solution Is Fully Automated

Using data backup services is definitely something that can be automated and where the term was coined to set it and forget it. Ultimately a proper data backup and recovery plan will save cost and time and gives stakeholders peace of mind knowing the valuables are safe and secure.

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What are the Benefits of Online Data Backup for Students?

Benefits of Online Data Backups

Students are often used to bringing external hard drives and flash drives with them. They store their files here or use these to share documents, presentations, and other content with their classmates and instructors. But once students realize that using online data backup is the better option, they can get rid of the process of plugging and unplugging storage devices. It also takes away the need to bring extra storage equipment with you everywhere you go.

Why do students need online data backup?

  • No need to bring external storage

With all the books and materials students have with them all the time, getting rid of a few things would be a huge help. When online backup, you can leave those external storage devices at home. All you need is internet connection, and you can have access to all the files you need anytime, anywhere.

  • Easy collaboration

Having a hard time sharing files with your study group? Online storage makes that easy. Online backup services allow people to have access to the same files online. This means that there’s no need for you all to swap storage devices. Even if you are in your own homes or dorm rooms, you can continue working on any project or assignment for as long as you all have access to your online backup account.

  • Better security

It’s a huge risk. Sharing physical storage devices opens up all your computers, laptops and other devices to viruses and malware that someone else may have in their own device. Viruses spread around easily. Online storage helps you avoid this because it eliminates the need for you to share files by plugging and unplugging possibly infected storage devices.

If you’re a student, there’s no doubt that online data backup could be the best tool for you. Make the switch and see the difference.

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Online Storage Services Benefits for Freelancers?

One of the most important online storage services benefits of being a freelancer is the ability to be anywhere you want, anytime. Freelancers are not bound by traditional business practices. They do not have to stay behind the desk from 9 to 5. It is for this reason that freelancers need online storage services more than anyone else.

What are the benefits that freelancers can enjoy once they use online storage services?

  • Easy access anytime, anywhere

Freelancers can work anywhere, anytime, as long as they have decent internet connection wherever they go. Online backup fits this lifestyle, as it allows users to have access to files on the go as well. Now, there won’t be any need for you to save all your files in an external drive. As long as you’re online, you can have access to all the files you need without having to plug in a physical storage device.

  • Easy collaboration

One huge advantage that freelancers have is the fact that a lot of their business can be conducted online. Physical meetings aren’t a requirement – a Skype call will do. This is another challenge that online backup services can easily adjust to. With each and every file uploaded to the cloud, it’s easy to give specific people you work with access to some of the files. This means that there’s no need to physically exchange files with each other. As long as the person you’re working with has access to the relevant files, you can work together without having to personally meet up.

  • Scalability

The more clients you take in, the more files you’ll probably have as well. Relying on physical storage would mean adding more storage devices. This will be costly, and will also take up space. If you have online backup, you can easily increase your storage space, often in a more cost-efficient manner.

Truly, every freelancer needs an online backup account. It’s one tool that can make every work process more efficient.

Online Backup Pros and Cons for Business?

Traditionally, online backup pros and cons required cost benefit analysis for storing business data online. You need special equipment. You need space. You need a lot of money to cover the costs. But now, different online backup options are available. This means things just got a whole lot easier for businesses everywhere.

Pros

Easy Access

This allows you to become more efficient. This is especially true when it comes to gaining access to all your files. No matter where you are, you can instantly open up your files. There is no more need to bring portable storage devices with you all the time.

Security

These services have layers of security protecting their clients’ data. Especially for business subscribers like you, providers understand that security takes top priority.

Scalability

Online backup services always leave a lot of room for expansion. Businesses grow, and online backup providers want to grow with their customers as well. This means that it doesn’t matter if your files double or triple in number. There are easy ways to upgrade and widen your bandwidth.

Cons

Initial Data Seeding

The initial data seeding could be quite time-consuming. It gets worse if you already have a lot of files to begin with. It can also use up a lot of your bandwidth, and can slow things down for the rest of the people connected to your network.

Size and File Limitations

Some online backup providers have limits in terms of file size and file type. This is why it is important to scrutinize every part of the service agreement. If you are fully aware of the limitations, it will be easier to adjust as well.

The good news is, these limitations can be handled efficiently. Just choose an online storage provider that easily adjusts according to their clients’ needs. From here, you’re good to go without any worries.

What are the Pros and Cons of Online Storage for Personal Use?

Pros and cons of online storage is a trend that’s going to be around for generations to come. Considering the convenience it brings, it has become an essential part of everything people do. It could be an important school project. It could also be a short presentation you’ve been working on to jumpstart your career. Whatever purpose it plays, online storage has become crucial to individuals everywhere because of what it can do.

The Pros

What advantages can you enjoy through the use of online storage?

Remote Access Anywhere

If you encounter a sudden opportunity to give a presentation, you can do so even if you have no flash drive in your pocket. Online backup systems allow users to access their files anywhere, anytime.

Low Costs

A lot of personal backup plans offered online are free, especially if you don’t really have a lot of files to begin with. If you start seeing that the allotted storage is not enough for you, then it’s always easy to upgrade your plan. You also lose the need to buy flash drives or external hard drives, which can be quite expensive.

Of course, backing up your data online has a few downsides to it as well.

The Cons

What are the disadvantages when you rely on online backup?

Limited Space

Personal plans often have limited bandwidth. Sure, you can upgrade your free service to get more space. However, that’s only going to add up to the costs you’ve been trying to avoid.

File Restrictions

Online storage may allow you to save your Word documents and your slideshow presentations. However, it may not let you save other kinds of files. Check with the service provider and see if the file types you work on can be accommodated.

Using online storage for personal files can still be beneficial. Yes, there are limitations. But the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

How Does an Online Backup Service Work?

How does an online backup service work?  In a nutshell, it mirrors the files on your computer. The data is stored in an off-site location monitored by the backup provider. To save files on the provider’s servers, you must get a backup plan. Most vendors offer a free plan. For paid premiums, the average cost is generally between US $5 and US $15 per month.

Online Backup Service at Work

Depending on the plan, consumers can enjoy unlimited backup for a month. Some providers offer no-cost plans, but with a limited storage capacity. The limitations are lifted when you purchase a plan valid for a specific period. If you are a business user, the service gets more expensive.

The backup provider will send you a link to download on your computer. Once the connection is set up, you can regulate your data through:

* File selection

* Routine backup schedule

* Allocated bandwidth management

* File uploads

Most backup services encrypt the connection. Others even secure the data on your computer. 

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