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What is the Importance of Data Backup?

Online backup, sometimes also known as remote or cloud backup, is a service that allows its users to secure and store data online. Most of the time, it is used to recover computer files. Most online backup systems are software that run on a schedule set by its users typically once a day or at a time when the computer is not in use.

There are a lot of service providers that offer online backing up of data. Some offer a certain amount of storage for free (10GB of data storage at most) then charge a certain amount for more storage space.

importance of data backupNot all computer users know the different advantages and importance of data backup in general. If you are one of those users, here are some reasons why backing up your data online is important these days. But if you’re someone who has already discovered the wonders and convenience of online backup, then two thumbs up for you.

  1. Topping the list of the importance of data backup online would be that no matter what happens, you will always have a backup. Did you lose your device – traditional backup included? No worries, everything is stored in your online backup. When you get yourself a new device, you can access all your data and files through your online backup.
  2. In the event of a computer crash, files stored in your computer hard drive may be difficult, even close to impossible, to salvage. Having an online backup would make it much easier for you to recover all your files with just a click of a button.
  3. Backing up data in a location separate from your trusty device makes a lot of sense. However, when backing up to a physical device, chances are the backup and your device are located in the same bag and if one is susceptible to theft, then the other one is, too.
  4. Online data backups are always ready to be restored. This means that your data can be restored anytime, anywhere, and exactly the way you want them. Some online data backup providers may even deliver the data to you personally, so it would not be much of a hassle to download a huge chunk of data online that would be too time-consuming.
  5. Although some online data backup providers do come at a cost (especially when you intend to store more than what their free space can provide), it would still be cheaper than backing up data traditionally. You need not spend on a hard drive that would cost you quite a lot, or get yourself some tape streamers, tapes, random backup software that need verification, etc.

Now that you have been enlightened on the importance of data backup online, you should know that there are hazards to this as well; most are security issues, although most of the time data would be encrypted before they are sent over a secure connection. Once you have decided to create an online backup of your data, make sure to set a strong password for your account.

Do you think that backing up your data online is the most convenient step to make when dealing with data storage?

Is It Really Cheaper to Use a Computer Repair Shop?

ID-10060463Computers don’t last very long. Most will only give you three years of life, if you treat it well.

When a computer breaks, most people rush to the computer repair shop in panic mode. They want to save their computer. If the computer can’t be saved, they want to at least put it on life support, so the data can be retrieved.

Repair shops prey on the anxiety ridden people that come in. They know that people want their data and will pay any price to get it back.

Some repair shops will charge a $25 diagnostics test. This doesn’t include any repair at all. They will merely check to see if it can be repaired and if the data is retrievable.

If the computer can be repaired or the data retrieved, the technician will normally charge $100-$250 for parts plus labor, or $50-$100 for transferring data.

Did you know that a mid-quality computer costs just $350 now? Tablets have taken the computer market by storm, so the computer companies need to compete with lower prices.

Think about this:

You could take your computer to the repair shop when it breaks to pay it to be fixed, which will cost you probably $300 or more, and last you a few more months. Or, you could buy a new computer, which could last you a few years more for the same amount.

What about your data?

How easy would it be if you had all of your data backed up before your computer crashed? All you would have to do is throw your old computer into the recycling bin, and head to the store for a new one. When you get home, you could install your backup software on your new computer, and in the matter of an hour or two, have all your data back.

This sure does beat spending a ton of money and waiting a week for a repair shop to getting around to transferring everything off your lifeless computer.

As you consider what you’ll do if your computer crashes, think about the real savings you could have when you have everything you need no matter what happens to your hard drive. The peace of mind you’ll have will be priceless.

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