A lot of you know that you should get your computer data backed up. However, there is some confusion and mystery surrounding the subject and many people don’t know enough about it to really make sure they are getting the right kind of backup for their needs. Described below are some basic definitions and options, along with our recommendation:
- Backup: the information on your computer saved somewhere else than your computer in case something bad happens to your computer.
- Hard Drive: the part of your computer where all the data is saved. Sometimes external hard drives are used for storing a backup copy of data but this is not always the most safe or reliable form of backup. It’s better than nothing but certainly not the best form.
- Online backup: your data is stored and backed up somewhere on the internet. This is pretty good but not always guaranteed. It’s better than having it all backed up in the same location as all your data. It’s usually a computerized system with no real live person checking things out on the other end – which means it’s subject to the possible computer errors and mechanical mess ups without having judgment to do something about it.
- Monitored Remote Backup: similar to the online backup this method stores your data somewhere besides your local hard drive, and offsite, so that no matter what happens to your computer your data is separately saved. Although in this case, you have one additional safeguard in that it is stored on a computer securely and the integrity of the backup is watched over by a real live person who has the judgment to be able to see what is happening and correct it as needed. This also has the benefit that if something happens to your system, you have someone you can call and get the data back nearly instantaneously.
This last method is by far the best option.
One way to think of computer data back up is like house insurance. You have insurance in case something happens to your house. If you were covering your own insurance with a large stack of cash, you probably wouldn’t store that cash right next to the things it’s insuring… a back up is similar. The data you’re saving is being saved in case something happens to your computer (like a computer crash, virus, flood or fire or whatever). If something physically damaged your computer it could very possibly damage any local backup as well since they’d probably be in the same location. You’d probably choose an outside insurance company that could cover you fully. If you went with some cheap company that only gave you 10% of the value of your stuff in the end, it would not really be worthwhile insurance.
You should pick a backup that does that same thing: provides you the peace of mind of knowing that no matter what happens you have an agent you can call and get your stuff back as soon as possible for real without extra unneeded headache. This is the backup we provide and we’d be happy to provide it to you.