Cloud Storage and Backup Services

Everyone has a nightmare story of when they lost the entire contents of their computer due to a malfunction, a fried hard drive, a motherboard meltdown or some other technical catastrophe. When you computer shuts down on you, the first thing everyone asks you is, “Did you backup?” Now, if you are smart and have planned ahead, your answer should be, “Yes, of course!” But there are a lot of people out there who aren’t tech savvy or who just haven’t gotten around to backing up their computer and unfortunately have to suffer the consequences of complete data loss.

No one should ever be scared of losing their priceless photos, important financial documents or any other personal info that rests in their computer. Portable hard drives used to be the latest craze but even those were another piece of equipment that could fail you. Luckily, cloud storage and backup services are here to fill all our backup needs.

What Is Cloud Storage?

If you are unfamiliar with what cloud storage is, here is a basic definition: a remote storage system that uses the Internet to connect you to your data. Because cloud storage and backup services are so popular now, there are many options to choose from. If you are new to this, you might feel overwhelmed by all the choices and need some help on making a decision on which company to go with.

Choosing a Cloud Storage System

The first thing you want to look at is the cost. Some services are offered free of charge as long as you stay within a certain limit of storage. That limit is usually quite small and you will have to pay to upgrade your storage capacity. Also look to see if any services off a free trial. That way you can test it out before fully committing and paying for it.

Learning How to Backup Your Data

Most services have easy-to-follow manuals on their website instructing you how to backup your data on the cloud. If you aren’t able to follow the instructions, try asking a friend or family member to help you out. If they also can’t figure it out, then you can call up their customer service and a professional will be able to walk you through step by step.