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.
From Google’s Gmail and GoogleDocs to Microsoft’s Windows Live and Adobe’s Acrobat.com, more and more personal computing is taking place in “the cloud.” PC users are increasingly growing accustomed to mobile computing from their smartphones and tablets – and cloud computing is an essential element in this growing mobile adaptation. From online data sharing, email, social networking, and file creation (and editing), cloud computing is a very good fit for the on-the-go, work-from-anywhere crowd.
With the convergence of several trends, including fast CPUs able to run background processes without getting bogged down, to breakneck broadband Internet connections, and powerful end-to-end encryption (to assure that nobody but you can view your backups or restore them), backing up data to the cloud is an idea whose time has come. All of these features are widely available today, and you have several choices in cloud-based backup. We’re going to break down all the elements of cloud-based backup - from how it works, and what the leading players in the home market offer, to helping you determine whether cloud-based backup should be on your “must-have” list of online services.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.