Offsite backup services have become wildly popular in recent years, and a plethora of Cloud providers and plans are ready for the choosing for both individuals and businesses.
Pros and cons are typically specific to each individual Cloud provider, but there’s also a handful of each that apply to online backup in general.
Advantages of using online Cloud Backups
Any online backup provider worth its salt will encrypt the data of its customers during both transmission and storage using high-level encryption algorithms such as 256-bit AES or 448-bit Blowfish—the same used by banks and government agencies!
If you have a Wi-Fi connection—which is in just about every park, restaurant, café, and street corner nowadays—you have access to your files. In addition to the standard web-based interfaces and client software, many providers have even gone that extra mile and created mobile apps, making accessing your data on the go infinitely easier and quicker than hauling around an external hard drive.
Protection against physical theft and natural disasters
A tornado could hit your house, or you could be a victim of burglary, and you could still rest easy knowing that your personal data is safe offsite in the Cloud (well, not that easy, but you get what we mean).
Good online data storage services such as Backblaze and Carbonite clock in at $5 to $12 a month—the price of a cup of coffee (or two). While it does add up over the months of years, in the grand scheme of things it’s very little to pay for a peace of mind.
Is your offline backup solution run by an advanced IT team, guarded by 24-hour security, and kept in climate-controlled warehouses specifically developed to house data storage infrastructures? We didn’t think so. The cost of setting up anything even remotely close yourself would be astronomical, so why not take advantage of what’s already on the market for a tiny fraction of the price?