The reason we're constantly preaching the merits of maintaining multiple backups -- especially when it comes to mission critical files -- is because your data is never safe, no matter where you put it. That includes the cloud. As a sobering reminder of this, Dropbox has been sending out letters to some of its users alerting them to a Selective Sync bug that inadvertently deleted their data.
Dropbox helped popularize the concept of cloud storage, and in effort to remain relevant (and competitive), it's now offering users more storage for less money, and simplifying things to boot. Instead of offering users a choice of 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB of storage priced at $10, $20, and $50 per month, respectively, Dropbox is now touting a single Pro plan with 1TB of storage for $10 per month or $99 per year.
The convenience of cloud storage is undeniable: your data and media at your fingertips from any Internet-connected device—what’s not to like? And there’s certainly no shortage of options to choose from, most of which are totally free up to a certain capacity. The trick is deciding which cloud service to use. After all, there are notable differences between them. Some are ideal for security mavens who want to preserve their anonymity (and the anonymity of their data). Others are better for folks just looking for a massive dumping ground for a ton of data. And still others are geared toward those keen on sharing all sorts of files with their friends and colleagues. In this roundup, we’ll break it all down for you and identify the strongest cloud storage services. We’ll also show you how to encrypt files that you store online and how to combine multiple cloud-storage accounts into one unified pot.
Note: This article was originally featured in our November 2013 issue of the magazine.
You may never know the sorrow of losing a save file again
Razer has announced its new Save Game Manager feature. The feature will be coming to itsRazer Game Booster program and will allow users to save any title’s save files. The new save feature, which will be in beta upon release, is compatible with any game that has local save files and will support backup services for over 2,000 titles. Users will also be able to manually add games to take advantage of this service to Dropbox.
Hopes to become more “content-focused” with latest features update
Dropbox, which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently described as “a fine little startup”, on Wednesday previewed a set of new features it believes mark the company’s shift from having a “file-system centric view to a more content-focused view.” Meant for the Web version of the company’s cloud storage service, these new features should be available to all of the company’s 100 million-odd users within the next month.
With so many cloud computing storage services available to you, you don’t ever truly need to pay for online storage. When your 2GB DropBox runs out, you can always get 5 free gigs from Amazon. When that runs out, why not open up a SkyDrive account for an additional 7GB? The only problem with cloud computing is that your files get spread out over different services, which can make it harder to find things, and can also increase your exposure to risk of losing access to files. If you use 3 online cloud services, there’s three times the chance that some of your files will be inaccessible at any given time, due to service outage. In this article, we’ll show you how to mitigate both of these problems, by using GoodSync to keep an up-to-date local backup of all the files on multiple cloud computing storage services.
PC users must be optimists. Sure, we flame and troll and gripe about every little thing, but how on earth can you explain the fact that so many of us don't back up our data, other than raw, bordering-on-delusional optimism? Your hard drive is safe right now, of course, but what are the odds that it will get damaged, corrupted, power-surged, hacked, stolen, flooded, burned or earthquake-d in the next year? We'll answer that one for you: too high to ignore.
So if you've managed to go this long without implementing a good backup system, read on. We've put together a quick primer on the 6 forms of data backup available to you. Pick two, spend 30 minutes setting them up, and you'll never have to worry about your data again.
Confronted with a large number of reports of Dropbox-associated email addresses being targeted by spammers, the cloud storage company brought in “outside experts” to probe the issue earlier this month.Those experts have now concluded their investigation and identified the exact cause behind this entire fiasco.