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Backup Your Data Online: What are the Benefits?

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Backing up your data online pretty much works like when you backup your data the traditional way (ex. using an external hard drive). However, when you backup your data online, your digital files are transmitted over the World Wide Web and safely stored on a server in a data center. Online data backup provides a variety of advantages, particularly for enterprise storage.

Listed below are some of the major benefits you’ll get when you backup your data online.

Convenience and accessibility

– When you backup data online, you never have to bring your external hard drives and flash disks with you all the time. Because your data are online, you can conveniently access them through the internet wherever you are and whenever you want. Accessibility isn’t even exclusive to your personal computer or laptop. As long as there’s an internet connection, you’ll be able to access your file on any device such as a smartphone or a tablet.

Protection against physical destruction

– Because your data are stored over the internet, you don’t have to worry anymore about the physical backup (USB, micro SD, external hard drive) being destroyed. So in case of fire accidents, water mishap or theft, your data and files are still protected. The protection also applies in the event that the external hard drive stops working or malfunctions. This event isn’t unheard of. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why a lot of people are acquiring help from a cloud storage provider

Defense against OS failure

– Physical destruction isn’t the only way to your online files can be compromised. Sometimes when your device’s Operating System fails and the data stored in your computer or laptop can be corrupted. To avoid this, data online backup is the way to go. Even if your OS accidentally crashes, you’ll still be at peace knowing your data are safe and secured somewhere in the cloud.

Easy sharing

– Because your data are stored online, sharing files with your loved ones or colleagues becomes hassle-free. Unlike when you share your files via an external hard drive or send your digital media through email, online backup sharing only takes a couple of minutes. Your family or peers don’t have to be nearby to access them. They can be located thousands of miles away from you and still see and download your shared files in a jiffy.

No need for spoon-feeding

– After the initial or complete backup, you don’t have to manually back up your data online. Depending on your time frame preference (backed up all the time or in regular intervals), your online storage will do the storing and managing of your data on its own. You don’t even have to stop using your device when this happens as the backup will be running in the background.

Cost-effectiveness

– If you don’t need to back up too much data, you can easily use online data backup services for free. That means you no longer need to buy external hard and flash drives anymore. And even if you have a ton of data to backup online, generally, when you compare the cost of physical storage to online storage, the latter is still more economical.

What other benefits do you get when you backup your data online?

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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