There are no words to describe just how convenient online backup truly is. Although there was a time when backing up your files meant attaching an external device to your computer, you can do the same thing now with just a few clicks, and without any external hardware needed. Despite the convenience that online backup brings, there still are a few issues that could make you think twice whether this really is an option for you or not.
Here are some of the worries that come with online backup:
Just count how many mishaps there have been since people started saving their information online. And although the big companies manage to blame the users most of the time, the fact still remains that they allowed the situation to happen. Look at the recent issue that the media has coined “Celebgate”, where hundreds of private celebrity photos were leaked online, all of them obtained because of a breach of iCloud’s security. Of course, added security protocols have been added since then. But did this have to happen before they patch up those holes?
Yes, cost will always be an issue when it comes to backup services, but there is also a big chance that you might be spending too much as you backup your data online. We’re not talking about personal data here. We’re talking about huge amounts of data, the kind that big businesses usually have. And knowing that backup services online would always have a sort of cap when it comes to the data they keep, this also means that the bigger the data you store, the bigger your cost also gets. And yes, these plans are usually paid on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. So as long as you have data to backup, you pay. This is quite ironic, considering that the beauty of online backup plans used to be the fact that this saves you from the cost of using external backup devices, which you only have to invest on once every so often. But looking at it on a long-term scale, it looks like there are chances that physical backup could actually be cheaper sometimes.
Lack of control Online backup
would mean giving the third party provider access to your files. This means that even if they give you the right to add a personal encryption in it, they still have access to it, heightening the risk of your data being compromised. It’s not paranoia. It’s just plain logic.
Where there are threats from the inside, there are also threats from the outside. Just because you’ve encrypted every file does not mean that it’s secure. Otherwise, hackers would have gone out of business a long time ago.
Loss of connection
If there’s one good thing about doing it the old-fashioned way, it’s the fact that your own server that you use to back up your files is always accessible, whether there’s a global internet blackout or not. Do it online, and you lose access to it the moment the internet goes out.
At the end of the day, no data is 100% secure. The key here is to always have a Plan B to your existing online backup, just to make sure that you have everything covered.