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Online Computer Backup Systems Described

In the past, we stored our documents, photos, financial records, and other important items in various ways:

  • In photo albums on a library shelf
  • In a record cabinet
  • In a safe-deposit box
  • In a wall safe
  • In a shoebox under the bed

For some items, these methods and others are still necessary and important. But more and more of our important information exists in files on our personal computers or other electronic devices, like smart phones and tablets. What happens to the family photos, the music collection, or even a small companyís payroll records when the hard drive in the computer fails, or is otherwise damaged? All those things could be lost forever if they cannot be restored from some backup location.

Computer files can be backed up to optical disks (CDs or DVDs), external hard drives, or flash memory devices. Photos can be printed and kept in albums, and important papers can be printed and kept in a file cabinet. These methods all have their own advantages and sometimes disadvantages, not the least of which is the time it takes to perform the task manually. Plus, a file cabinet, external hard drive, or bookshelf that is in the same location as the computer is susceptible to the same fire or other environmental damage that threatens the computer.

A logical, practical solution is to store computer files in another location. Large companies have done this for many years. Now, many companies offer this same service to individuals, families, and small companies for reasonable and realistic prices. Commonly called online computer backup, this service is similar to insurance, in that it helps insure that customersí files can be restored from a remote location if something happens to the customerís local copies. This has also recently been referred to as cloud backup.

An online computer backup system is nothing more than a software program that runs at a scheduled time, compresses and encrypts selected folders and files, and transfers those files and folders to the service-provider's remote servers.

Vendors offer a variety of plans at many cost levels, depending on a customerís needs. Customers usually pay by subscription, an amount based on needed space.

It is important to understand the difference between online backup and online storage. Online backup runs as an automated process (after initial installation and setup), either at specific time intervals or on specific days or times. Online storage, on the other hand, requires manual, deliberate actions by the user. Service providers might offer both online backup and online storage.

When considering an online backup solution, it is important to shop for a service based on specific needs. A menu of services and price that is best for one individual, family, or company might not be the best solution for another.

The Best Online Backup Services of 2018

You can either tear out your hair when disaster inevitably strikes your data, or you can prepare for it ahead of time. An online backup service is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the loss of precious data, whether as a result of a crashed ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:59:00 GMT



Jungle Disk Acquires SafetyNet Backup for QuickBooks Online

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jungle Disk today announced it has acquired SafetyNet, the first backup for QuickBooks Online, from Jobber, a cloud and mobile software platform for home service businesses, at QuickBooks Connect Toronto. This acquisition ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:08:00 GMT



Taylor Swift Can't Shake Off Her New Backup Dancer James Corden

One of the dancers is down I can fix this," he said. "I will fix this right now. I'll be right there!" Before he found Swift and her backup dancers, Corden changed into a "Look What You Made Me Do"-inspired outfit, complete with a netted top. "Taylor ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:35:00 GMT



Kaepernick among 5 QBs Eagles should consider as Foles' backup

PHILADELPHIA - Now that Nick Foles is the Eagles' starting quarterback for the rest of the season in place of Carson Wentz, the question remains, who's going to be Foles' backup Sure, the Eagles have Nate Sudfeld. But Sudfeld is 24 years old and has never ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:00:00 GMT



Backup plan: Who's your team's emergency kicker

The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh is the league's biggest backup, but almost all teams have one. They're often reluctant to use him, though. When Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was sidelined by a head injury in Week 11, coach Doug Pederson decided ...

Published:  Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:34:00 GMT



Lack of backup caused ECG's prepaid troubles - IT analyst

They only have to get the back-up servers online and everything else will be normal. But now the servers can be normal but without information of some of their customers. All that it tells us is that, they [ECG] are not doing regular backups," he added.

Published:  Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:54:00 GMT



Backup goalie comes up big for Rangers

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 41 shots while filling in for late scratch Henrik Lundqvist to help the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Boo Nieves, Jesper Fast, Mats Zuccarello and Pavel Buchnevich scored in support of ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:57:00 GMT



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