Last time, we talked about the different data plans of backup systems available online. Now that you have a general idea on which data plan to take, the next step is to decide the right company where you can avail your online backup system. That is then the purpose of this article- to guide you in the process of choosing an online backup company. This topic is quite lengthy but I’ll make sure to keep it concise and newbie-friendly as much as possible.
Online backup of one’s computer files is not a new thing for many computer techies or businessmen. Although this might sound necessary at first but online backup is very crucial in one’s business and career. Backing your system for possible corruption of data or attacks from web hacker is a common thing in the field of business, education or internet marketing. However, it isn’t just enough to know how much data you should backup or which data you will be backing up. You should also follow some steps and standards in choosing the right company where you can obtain your backup system.
This is the very first factor that you should look into. If you are a student or a regular employee, it is highly recommended that you avail of services that are very affordable. No other standards asked- a more affordable plan is better for students and regular employees who do not use online backup that much (lower than 20GB of data used regularly). But it never hurts to purchase a more expensive plan, albeit the functionality that you want to achieve is just the same. However, if you are into business, job classified data, server files and other data-heavy activities which can be highly classified and crucial, a more expensive company would be better. Although the high cost might not entail good service, an expensive plan in a well known and top-downloaded backup company can mean some good service. But don’t base your choice through this standard alone. Read other standards below before you finally choose the company you want to avail your services into.
FREE TRIAL VS PREMIUM
If you are not a heavy data user, a free trial will do for trial purposes only. Look at the service and see if it’s worth a premium or not. If you are handling a company, a premium account is very much recommended. Don’t avail a free trial service obviously if you use a lot of data.
SCHEDULED VS AUTOMATIC BACKUP
Some prefer those companies where you can set a scheduled backup. This gives the user more space to think during which hours the backup will be initiated. However, the only disadvantage of this is that you must really be online so that the company can back your system up, else you might lose some data.
Different companies on the other hand prefer automatic and continuous backup in order to have an up-to-date data backup. This can be more convenient for those companies who need their data backed up from time to time. This can be costly though and it can slow down your system performance from time to time. However, if your server and company computers are fast, then you wouldn’t have any problems with this service.
COMPRESSION AND ENCRYPTION
Choose a company that allows your files to be compressed. Some companies don’t allow this since their revenues might become lower if they allow users to compress their files into smaller data packets. However, choose a company that allows compression of data in order to lessen data traffic and bandwidth. On the other hand choose a company that encrypts all of your data at its highest form. The encryption of data should be higher than 256 bits so that you can be sure that you are safe from online piracy, spying, hacking and stealing.
CHECK THE COMPANY SERVICES
Given those kinds of standards, got to websites that review company products and services and try to compare and contrast one company from the other. Try to evaluate which services you want and which you don’t want. After that, you can now choose which company you would be subscribing to in online backup.