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How to Backup?
Backup is a mighty thing! If you backup your whole computer, you can install and run anything on it with confidence, knowing that if something kills or corrupts your system, you have the power to resurrect it, or heal it.
About Online Backup
(aka: Internet Backup, Web Backup, Electronic Vaulting, Remote Backup)
What is Online Backup?
Online backup is a method by which backup data is stored off-site via an Internet connection.
What is needed to be able to backup online?
A computer with an Internet connection. Backing up large files, would require a fast internet connection such as broadband (ADSL, Cable, DSL, etc).
A subscription to an online backup service.
Why use online backup?
Safe: Having your data off-site, means it is protected from local problems such as theft, fire, and other disasters, etc.
Cost-effective: You don't need to buy or maintain any expensive hardware for backup. Also, no staff or personal time is required for creating backups.
Easy: Online Backup solutions are very easy to maintain, the backup process is fully automated, just set and forget.
Reliability: Since Online Backup services are fully automated. This solves one of the biggest problems with traditional backup, which is people tend not to do it regularly. Also there is no need to worry about damaged or lost storage mediums, such as CD's, Tapes, etc.
A good backup strategy will include both an on-site, and an off-site backup.
What is the difference between online backup and online storage?
Online storage services do not usually offer automatic backup of your files. They are simply a place to store files online.
Online backup services come with software that helps keep your online backup up to date automatically.
How to setup and run an online backup strategy
1) Subscribe to an online backup service from an online backup provider.
2) Download and install the backup software which the online backup provider will supply.
3) Run the software, and mark the files, and folders you want to backup. Also adjust any setting according to your needs, such as how often to backup. Also set passwords for encryption.
Once installed and running, the backup software will begin compressing, encrypting, and transferring backup copies of your data to the storage location of your online backup provider.
Typically backup software is set to only process and transfer data when the computer is inactive.
The first backup of all your files may take a long time if you have a large number of files. But after the initial backup, the transfer process will be faster because only new and modified data will be transferred. The backup software will continue to monitor which files have been changed, or created.
In the case you have suffered data loss, and wish to restore data from an online backup, you simply download the files from your online backup service. You can download the backup files to any computer with an internet connection.
How secure is online backup?
Data stored in an online backup, is actually much more secure than the data stored on your computer. Since online backup data is usually stored in encrypted form, but data on most computers is not encrypted, meaning it can be accessed by anybody that hacks into the computer. Hacking a computer is easier than hacking encryption.
All the leading online backup providers take security very seriously. The software they provide will encrypt and compress backup data before it is leaves your computer. The encrypted data is only accessible with a password. Modern encryption methods are very secure, and are they are relied upon daily by banks, militaries, and other high security dependant organisations. Most online banking services use 128bit encryption for transferring data. Most online backup software will encrypt your data at 128bits or greater before it even leaves your computer.
How much can I backup online?
With the right resources, there are no real limits to how much data you can backup online. Even large corporations can enjoy the benefits of online backup. Online backup is quickly becoming an industry standard for all sized businesses.
One limiting factor is your connection speed to the online backup service, but with modern data processing technologies, it is not even necessary to transfer an entire file if it has changed, but the backup software can extract only the changed portions of the file and transfer those.
Things to consider when choosing an online backup service:
Who uses online backup?
Choosing an online backup service:
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