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The New Way to Backup Your Files

Updated on March 24, 2015
Backup to the cloud.
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Backup Important Files in the Cloud

Do you remember the days of backing up your files on floppy disks? A floppy disk is a rectangular storage device made of a thin and magnetic storage disk. They were easily broken or corrupted and didn't hold enough data, but they were the latest and greatest technology.

Today, computers rarely include floppy drives. Some floppy disks can still be used with external floppy disk drives, but those are even slowly disappearing. With floppy disk drives becoming obsolete, other storage devices and methods have taken their place.

By 1997, CD-RW/DVD-RW (Re-writable digital optical disc storage) improved on the concept of floppy disks as a compact, portable storage device that's files can be updated, deleted, or changed multiple times. The CDs/DVDs are more durable and hold more data than their square counterparts. However, they can be accidentally erased, which can cause data to be lost, but they are easily scratched and still limited in space, especially for video and music files.

External Hard drives have been the main backup tool for over 50 years, but they made the jump to USB capabilities in the late 1990s. With the move to smaller devices, such as tablets and mac books, the use of external hard drives has risen. With their large capacities and easy use, one wonders why would anyone use another means of backing up data? USB hard drives can still fall victim to hacking, viruses, and crashes. Not to mention the bulkiness.

By 2000, the Flash Drive was introduced and help make the floppy disk obsolete and gave a better option for backing up important files. Compact, durable, and available in capacities similar to hard drives, the flash drive is still a great option for backing up files, but their compact size gives them two major drawbacks; they are easily lost and can be easily stolen.

With our business and lives stored on our computers, companies and individuals alike, have turned to a new way to backup important files, to the Cloud. What is the cloud you may ask? The Cloud is actually multiple offsite servers that offer encrypted storage of your data. The Cloud is off site storage maintained by a third party and offers more security, support, and storage space that typical backup options. Google offers a free cloud storage service that allows you to access your files easily. Companies like Return Backupare offering their clients cutting edge secure cloud backup services like continuous automated backup that allows their clients to keep their backups current with each change.

A few of the biggest pros to using cloud backup services are:

1. Security- Lets face it. Our home computers and phones are not as secure as we would like to think. They can be hacked or stolen in minutes and then all of our precious data is lost. Most cloud storage services offer encrypted storage of your files and use multiple servers to store your data so the chances of it being lost forever, is slim.

2. Easy Access - With cloud storage, you can access your files anywhere you can connect to the internet.

3. Extensive storage space- Cloud storage services offer extensive amounts of storage space. The best part is, if you fill up the amount purchased, you can easily purchase more.

4. Cost- The cloud storage space is cost effective. Comparing the space, security and accessibility of cloud storage to other conventional means, shows how cost effective long term use of cloud storage is in comparison.

With the advantages of the cloud, why use anything else?

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