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5 Tips For Choosing A Cloud Backup Provider

Loyal readers know that I harp on having a good backup solution in place and working for you (to insure your data, and to make recovering from ‘disaster’ easier). And loyal readers have heard me say that my articles about ‘backups’ are real ratings bombs.

For example.. I wrote a rather informative article, A Parachute for Your PC | Advice about “online backup” solutions, (which included links to reviews of such services) and it got maybe 20 reads.

But this is an important topic, and online backup is a viable option that folks should be aware of, so .. the link above is a reco’d read, and also there’s this reco’d read: Five tips for backing up your data to the cloud

“Cloud backups may seem like an ideal offsite storage solution. But as Brien Posey discovered, you need to do your homework before selecting a cloud backup service.

In many ways, the cloud has solved the problem of storing data backups offsite. In spite of all the marketing hype the cloud has been receiving lately, though, it is not necessarily the ideal solution when it comes to backing up your network. Here are a few factors you may want to consider before you adopt a cloud backup solution.”

Now.. since I used the word “cloud”.. and”parachute”.. and it is the weekend…

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YouTube – Blue Angels, posted with vodpod

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March 5, 2011 - Posted by | computers | , , , , ,


  1. Blue Angels, very beautiful… music too!



    Comment by Gaia | March 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am glad you enjoyed the video.

      I have been to scores of airshows. If you have never seen one.. well, IMHO, everyone should see one at least once in their lives.


      Comment by techpaul | March 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hmmm… storing my files offsite is a nice option, but I think I’ll stick to my multiple external drives.

    Somehow it doesn’t feel very safe or wise. The cloud is one thing this old man is going to ignore.

    I have a fireproof safe where I store my newest external drive and system discs just in case. But, if a fire destroys my home there won’t be any computers to restore unless I’m away and have a notebook with me. I have a feeling those discs may be crispy critters too… C’est la vie!

    BTW, love the Blue Angels…


    Comment by KsTinMan | March 6, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      I have real concerns with “cloud computing”, and frankly think it’s a terrible idea. I will never be satisfied with its answers to “ownership” and “privacy” and “security”. I use a backup method similar to yours – external drives and a free disk imaging program.

      However, both you and I are longtime geeks (aka “advanced users”) and know what we’re doing. In the years I have been operating Aplus Computer Aid, only 3 people have answered “yes” when I asked them if they had an up-to-date backup of their files (about 1% of my callers).
      Since that number should be 100%.. and I cannot expect “the average computer user” to purchase an external drive and learn/configure a backup app.. I can recommend they sign up for a service, download the app, and accept the defaults.

      I got tired of recommending that they buy an external drive with a built-in backup (like a Maxtor “One Touch”) as though they agree it’s a good idea… they never get around to it. (And no one has been willing to hire me to set them up.)


      Comment by techpaul | March 6, 2011 | Reply

      • Makes good sense to me. If you can get more people to backup their computers even if it is in the cloud, you’ve done the community a service…

        Point well taken!


        Comment by KsTinMan | March 6, 2011 | Reply

        • KsTinMan,
          It is far from my first recommendation.. but, yes. I have been the guy who delivers the bad news.

          Forensic data recovery is expensive ($1,000 is not unusual). Prevention is cheaper.


          Comment by techpaul | March 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. What about security? Is it secure that way?


    Comment by sujitmahapatra | March 9, 2011 | Reply

    • sujitmahapatra,
      A good question. First, how do you define “secure”?

      The good providers encrypt both the transfer stream and your files (sitting on their servers), so there is “security”. Could employees at the company decrypt and read your files? (Or the government?) Probably. (Assuredly?) Could they get ‘hacked’, and then the bad guy decrypt and access your stuff? I haven’t heard of that happening (and it would not be easy) but, yes, it could happen.. conceivably.

      If I were to store my files on someone else’s machine, I would encrypt them myself first. And I would also keep another backup elsewhere (such as on DVD’s) as the online backup company might go out of business or suffer some calamity.


      Comment by techpaul | March 9, 2011 | Reply

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