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Be 100% Safe and Sound: Combine Online Backup with Local Backups

External hard drive for backups“Do I really need two different backups?” Many consumers ask this question. Businesses typically do not ask this question because they already know the answer. Many of these businesses (especially smaller ones) might have learned the answer to this question the hard way! Many consumers already understand how important local back up is. In today’s world a family’s entire life is stored digitally. This means photographs and videos of the family’s most precious memories are stored as digital files. Even mom and dad’s finance sheets are stored as excel sheets or maybe some other type of digital file.

Losing this stuff could mean a great deal of heartache, and headache, for the family that might have to face such a data loss incident. This is why practicing local backup on devices such as the external hard drive has become a commonplace ritual within many households. This might be the reason that USB stick and writable DVD’s sales have gone through the roof. But the question often comes up regarding whether these hard drives are enough alone. What if they go out? What if these DVD’s break? This is where the second form of backup comes into play. Online backup is reliable. It is actually more reliable than some consumers might first think. (more…)

Don’t Forget About Upload Speeds

Speed test of an online backupIf you’ve used an online backup service yourself before, the reason you probably started to look for an alternative to that service was the upload times of your files into the online backup system. Speeds can vary based on the service provider and the type of account held with them. Typically free services are under the strain of the collective user base accessing their accounts at any one time. Slower speeds when backing up will essentially mean that there is a problem on either end. (more…)

How To Recover Data From a Failed Backup

Recovering your data from the cloud

If you’re reading this on your own computer, I would certainly hope that you’re backing up on a regular basis. Enough has been said about the dangers of critical data loss, so today’s article won’t be preaching or lecturing about this. However, even regular backups can go wrong. Human error and mechanical failure are two of the leading causes of data backup corruption. This is understandable since everyone makes mistakes, and every physical device can break or wear out over time. (more…)

Backing Up Your iPhone and iPad with IDrive’s Mobile App

Backing up an iPhone in the cloudMany online backup solutions offer a mobile app as a sort of periphery feature, some sort of add-on to the rest of their service that barely works, and when it does work; it rarely works well. With the huge shift in both the personal and business spaces towards mobile devices, particularly the iPhone and iPad, this backhanded dismissal is absolutely absurd, and many people have begun looking for a more dedicated solution to backup their phones and tablets. In today’s business world, losing your mobile device can be absolutely devastating, as the amount of work we store on our mobile devices is beginning to exceed the amount of data that we store on our actual computers, but without a good backup solution, those files still remain at risk of disappearing and setting your work back days, weeks, or even months. (more…)