Newbie Guide on How to Backup Online

The rising speed of broadband together with the recent drop in storage media costs, has led to emergence of many online backup companies specializing in remote backup solutions. Nowadays online backup is available for everybody if they can spare as much as $5 to $10 a month for such a service to backup data. The advantage of online backup systems is that they do not require any hardware to store the backed up data. Despite all this backing up online can still be a tricky business, and there's definitely something to learn about how to backup online successfully before you begin.

Even though there is a plethora of online backup services available out there both for personal and corporate clients, the pricing is rather steep if you consider to backup hard drive with all its data. Such, as you choose to backup your 50Gb hard drive, it will cost you about $230.95 a year. So, it never hurts to sit down and carefully choose only irreplaceable data that you really need to backup, like family pictures, or home made movies, documents and the like, or just backup database in case you're looking for an enterprise solution. There is no need to backup all applications and of course system files or temporary files.

Another catch with pricing is that you need to pick the right data plan that suits exactly you to backup data. Usually companies provide monthly and yearly data plans, with the latter being cheaper. So after you've estimated the amount of data you need to backup it is easy to make a better choice and save yourself a pretty penny.

You may also want to pay a closer look to the software package the service offers during remote backup setup. Some of them are very intuitive while others may require expert user skills. When examining the software part you should also notice the available features in the provided backup application: it may be a one-click restrained utility or a full-fledged backup solution with the advanced features you can find use of later on for local backupping.

It is a good sign when there's an option of web access to backed up data available, or else to managing your backups and restores. Such functionality implies universal access to your online backup account when you are not bound to a specific computer in case you urgently need to grab some of your files.

However obvious it may seem, never avoid testing. Actually testing of the restore functionality alone can justify or undermine your choice. If none of the advice above has been an eye-opener to you, than wait no longer - you already know how to backup files online.

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