A guest post by Maggie Ruggieri
If your work matters to you, then you need to protect it. Offline backups are a start. An external hard drive doesn’t hurt, and can be a real life saver when it comes to privately and conveniently transferring data from one work station to another. External hard drives, however, can be stolen or lost, they can be damaged. They can also crash or get fried by power surges. If your entire physical home network of devices and computers is compromised, then your external drive won’t do you much good. It’s also not really the best choice to keep your information private.
With internet access, especially wi-fi, increasingly available and more reliable, there are more and more advantages to using the cloud to backup your data.
Obviously every provider will be a little different, and everyone has different needs, so choosing the right provider is important. If you’re not one hundred percent certain about cloud backups, here’s what you need to know:
1. Privacy (More or Less) Guaranteed
Some companies hold themselves to higher standards than others, but the companies that offer cloud backups typically offer great protection to go along with it. Cloud computing and backups are a highly competitive market right now, so companies are committed to following through on their promises. Be sure you check terms and conditions, but nearly all legitimate cloud companies are using high-level encryption and (of course) password protecting your data.
2. Safer Than a Hard Drive
As mentioned, external hard drives are convenient, but not perfect. The real issue here when it comes to privacy is theft and loss. You’re not going to lose a cloud backup any time soon, but if you lose a hard drive and the wrong person gets a hold of it, then they may have a large database of personal, private information about any number of people on hand.
With cloud backups, you’re protected as your data is backed up frequently or in real time, and further protected by multiple backups and fail-safes.
3. Surge Proof
Cloud storage companies typically have access to physical protection for their databases that you simply can’t get for home use. Cloud storage companies offer surge protected, password protected, secure servers, ensuring that your data won’t be stolen or destroyed. The protection you get from a typical cloud company would be exorbitantly expensive to install at home, so whatever it may cost monthly, it’s ultimately the better deal.
If privacy is paramount, you must look over the terms of service with a fine tooth comb. Cloud storage may not be the only useful form of backup, but it’s quickly becoming the very best and most important form in many offices. Whether you’re protecting work data or just trying to keep your own files private and secure, the right cloud storage is better than a safety deposit box in Fort Knox.