Online backup services are a great way to store your critical data online, all of the data is managed by the software application provided by the company, all you have to do is simply select the folders and then the taskbar application is set to work, quickly and easily uploading new versions of files as and when they are changed on your computer.
Online backup is useful for
- Working on files from different computers
- Collaboration on projects with other users
- Storing sensitive data safely and securely off-site
- Useful for uploading holiday pictures from camera onto online backup to free up memory stick space.
What’s particularly great is that many online backup providers have free accounts which you can easily sign up for. We name four of the best.If you’re still not convinced, there are plenty of services similar to Dropbox that you can use as well.
SugarSync is by far the most feature packed and user friendly online backup and synchronization out there, it has 5GB free accounts and users can even get another 500MB bonus when they refer a friend to a max allowable of 10GB absolutely free. SugarSync’s strong point is the wide array of synchronization features however the desktop application can be slow at times.
Mozy is the most popular free online backup solution out there, what I like particularly about Mozy is the light application and speed of upload and download. However you are restricted to 2GB with Mozy on their free accounts which does spoil it a bit.
Dropbox is a fantastic provider that also has 2GB of free allowance, Dropbox has very useful synchronization ability much like SugarSync, however its strong point is its simplicity and ease of use. It has wide support for almost all computing devices, included Android, iPhone as well as Linux, which isn’t supported very well by other mainstream online backup companies. Each free user can get 2GB accounts absolutely free, for life, and gets another 250MB added from each referral.
Opendrive isn’t as widely known as the other three online backup providers, mainly because it’s relatively new, however it doesn’t offer a whopping 5GB completely free. What I like particularly about OpenDrive is that as well as supporting data synchronization it also supports online file collaboration and online file editing, meaning that even if you’re away from your regular computers, you can access your account through an internet cafe and access and edit your files through your web browser, making it remarkably accessible.
So is online backup safe?
So you like the sound of online backup, but aren’t you a little worried about security of your files? Well did you ever stop and wonder how safe your email account is? Yet you pass through highly sensitive data. The fact is online backup services like the above use highly secure SSL connectivity and encryption on the server as well, so in practice they should be as safe as online banking.
Written by Abdul Karim, writer for online data backup services, a full time technology geek with interest in computer modding, data security, blogging and gadgets.