Using an Online Data Backup Service

By: Roland Jefferson

Today, even the average computer user can find a reason to have an online data backup service. The college student's research files and class notes, the grandmother's collection of treasured photos, the crafter's favorite patterns, and the hobbyist's videos-in-progress are all very important to them. Many people today have small home-based businesses or trade collectibles with other enthusiasts. The loss of such data is devastating. Smaller files can be backup on DVD's and stored. But for many, the lower price of today's online data backup service is just the ticket.

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The big companies store massive quantities of data in extremely secure conditions that is copied from offices all over the country. Today's computer user has data that is just as important to him, and only needs a fraction of the storage copied from a single site on a less than daily basis. Some of the features of the online data backup service even enhance the computer use. Many small storage companies offer a communal account or public folders. Both features allow the user to access his information from multiple locations or share it with others. This helps a small business with several sites share information, enables a user to access data from home, school or a library, and allows members of organizations to keep up with the latest committee decisions.

The basic features of the usual online data backup service include software with an application that uploads and downloads files without the use of a browser. They typically offer file compression, encryption and security. An online data backup service might offer a choice between monthly or yearly pricing. Long-term storage is less expensive, of course. The biggest difference between one online data backup service and another is usually in the areas of price, capacity, ease of use and the degree of online management of your files that is possible. Once a user determines the extent of his storage needs and the features he prefers, he can choose among the plans offered by each online data backup service. When considering price, the user can compare the cost of other storage devices like DVD's or USB devices as well as the cost of losing his data entirely. For the small business owner, the online data backup service is much less expensive than installing dedicated servers and hiring technicians to perform backups and service the servers. The costs of maintaining such technology is all supported by the online data backup service.

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