Understanding Cloud Backup Services - What You Should Know

Posted on May 31, 2016.

Though today's computer systems are relatively reliable, data loss is still a strong possibility and is most often caused by accidental deletion, hardware failures, or malware infections. One of the best ways to protect your critical files is to use a cloud backup service and there are several factors that should be considered when choosing a provider.

Compatible Files

By default, many services store only user files, such as office documents, photos, videos, and other personal files. Others offer full backups, including system files, or full disk images that can be used to restore a system after a major hardware failure. We can help you choose a service that meets your specific requirements.

Backup Frequency

Most services offer some type of scheduled backup, while others offer continuous backups. If you want the best level of protection, choose a service that offers continuous backups, uploading files that have changed immediately.

Version Tracking

Most services offer version tracking, where older versions of a file are archived to guard against accidental changes. The number of stored versions is variable between services, from just a few to unlimited versions. If you make frequent changes to documents, choose a service that stores a greater number of previous file versions.

File Recovery

Some services store deleted files for a limited amount of time, such as 90 days, while others offer longer or even unlimited periods. For the best protection from data loss, choose a service with a long or unlimited storage period.

Storage Space

The amount of space allotted to your account varies by provider. Some offer limited accounts, such as 50 or 100 gigabytes of storage accessible by either a single or multiple computers, while others offer higher limits, or unlimited storage.


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