Here’s some good news: More people are backing up their irreplaceable data and media.
In 2009, an F-Secure survey revealed that 44% of Internet users failed to do any sort of backup whatsoever. But times have changed. A new F-Secure poll of 609 Internet users finds that only 14% of users do not make regular backups—a 68% decrease in less than two years.
New methods of backup are catching on—especially online backup. (Full disclosure: Hopefully, you know that F-Secure offers a Online Backup solution.) In 2009, only 5% of those surveyed were using online backup. That number is now 24%—a 380% increase.
Why are so many people choosing to backing up their files in the “cloud”? Here are the three reasons why I’m one of the 19% who switched to online backup.
1. Online backup is easy and automatic.
Once installed and running, Online Backup doesn’t require the discipline that tape/disk/CD/DVD backups do. The backup occurs without interruption as you work. Most importantly, it doesn’t require me to remember to do it.
2. I can’t step on it, spill anything on it or leave it out in the sun.
Any backup system that works for you is better than no backup at all. But having backup disks and drives around always made me nervous. My concern wasn’t that external drives and discs can fail. That’s a fact of life. My problem is that these drives and discs were always potential victims of my lack of organization and/or clumsiness. Online backup saves my files in a location that’s not on my computer and not anywhere in my office where I can mess it up. It also organizes my files in a way that makes sense—my important files, Office files, pictures and videos, music and E-mail are automatically saved in my own little corner of the cloud using the same file system as on my laptop.
3. New online threats require constant backups.
Have you heard of ransomware? It’s malware that encrypts your files and holds them hostage unless you pay a ransom for their release. If you’re hit by this obnoxious threat, you only hope is that you have your files backed up somewhere not on your computer recently. Online backup greatly increases my chances of having a current version of my files safe and sound if the worst case scenario becomes a reality.
Why do you think online backup is becoming so popular? Which method do you prefer?
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