Online Backup Service: What To Consider Before Signing Up

online-backup-solutionsThere are a lot of free online backup services nowadays. Such services make it easy for us to share files and back up online. But the biggest concern with free online backup services is security. How certain are we that our files are secured online? While it’s good to avail of free services, there’s just no guarantee that all our files are secured.

This concern has led me to believe that I’m better off paying for an online backup service. Sure the free online backup services are tempting. But I value all my files and would rather pay a certain fee to have peace of mind. I just can’t seem to trust a free online backup service to totally secure all my valuable files.

So in the quest to find the most reliable online backup service provider, I have come up with certain parameters.

The safety and security of all files should be seriously considered in choosing an online backup service. There’s just no compromise for safety and security. I need to know exactly how all my files will be protected online. For example, I need to know how the files will be transmitted online. Are my files encrypted before leaving my computer? If so, how are the files encrypted? These are important questions that need exact answers to assure the safety and security of all the files backed up online.

While all the files are safe and secured online, can they be accessed easily? Remember an online backup service should provide easy file accessibility as well. Hence, I should be able to access my files from another computer. Also, I should be able to access my files by simply using a smart phone.

In cases when I have accidentally deleted a file from my computer, I should be able to restore it easily. So it’s really a must to know exactly how long it will take for me to restore a certain file. Can I restore a file in just a matter of seconds?

According to an online backup solution article, another important thing to consider is the exact length of time a particular online backup service provider is able to store a deleted file. For example, if I had deleted a file from my computer, how long would it take for the online backup service provider to delete the file as well? Will it delete the file right away or will the online backup service provider keep the particular file for a couple of days for me to be able to recover it? A reliable online backup service provider should be able to keep a deleted file for an exact number of days for easy recovery.

An online backup service provider should provide a software that is easy to install. I am not a techie person and will never be one. In my opinion, a perfect online backup software should be easy to install.

Even if the online backup service is easy to install, it would definitely give me some peace of mind knowing that I can always speak to a live person in case something goes wrong. Nothing beats the security of knowing that a live person is always available to help.

Of course, I would want an online backup service that is easy on my budget. Getting some kind of discount would be wonderful as well. It’s really a must to know as to how much files can be backed up online. While some service providers are very affordable, their online backup capacity is very limited. In finding the most reasonable and practical service provider, it is important to consider the online backup capacity. Can it backup limitless files for an affordable rate? An offer code on carbonite backup solution is one way to save money for your home. If you are running a business, then an offer code for carbonite business backup is highly recommended.

Given all the parameters that I have come up with, it will be very easy to sign up for a reliable and an affordable online backup service provider.

Antivirus and the Increasing Threats from Malware

computer-antivirusI’ve seen many of these complaints from Mac Sophos users about the awful falls alarm problems. It certainly is a bitter pill for them to swallow that after years of no real threat to speak of, in the month where some holes finally do start to come into the light that they are damaged far more by their protection than they would have been by the threat it was guarding against. False alarms are sadly a fact of life with the current breed of virus scanner. Some scanners are worse than others (and Sophos is far from the worse), and some scanners are so bad that people tell jokes about them.

I’ve seen people threaten to sue, and I too have seen people wanting to walk away from “pay for” antivirus and support open source products. The Open Source scanners certainly should be supported, but as much as I myself like and use Clam, it simply isn’t designed to do the same things that Sophos can do.

At the end of the day, it is all about cost. Someone’s time repairing a machine that’s been attacked by either a worm or a runaway virus scanner can be a considerable cost. Is the cost of the insurance greater or lesser than the cost of the risk for you?

Keep in mind that if your computer becomes infected with malware that attempts to spread itself to others then part of the cost is your reputation. I can minimize the cost of a security issue to my business by working all night to recover from it, but I can’t wind back the hands of time and regain the trust of people whose computers have become wrecked because of my foolishness.

So what to do? I won’t rewrite stuff I basically agree with from the articles I’ve linked to as there is no point in that so I’ll just leave you with a couple of questions:

  • Are Mac users too fussy about AV, or are Windows users too accepting of shoddy products?
  • What if I told you that a possible method for improving issues with false alarms and detecting “new” viruses means changing the way you think about virus scanning?
  • Virus Scanners could be looked on as insurance. If the risk of fire was increasing where you live, and the insurance companies put up the cost of fire insurance accordingly, you might not like it. But would you want to go without insurance?

History Lesson: Way back in the mists of time, Dr Alan Solomon, Yes – THAT Dr Solomon! Of Dr Solomon’s Anti Virus Fame. Anyway, he wrote an interesting little article that talks about the perfect Anti Virus program. Always detects Viruses and never gives a false alarm. Personally, I wouldn’t want to rely on it but it does illustrate the point.

More History: It’s nice to catch up with David Harley and Paul Schmehl again. They both used to be Alt.Comp.Virus regulars ‘back in the day’ and are two people who I follow – even if I didn’t always agree with them!