Online backup websites have been around since the inception of the internet, however many people turned away from using the completely online backup servers due to fears of losing documents or having their identity stolen in the transfer. Both were valid concerns a few years ago but new wave of online backup websites are secure and the seamless transfer between the users computer and saving leaves little chance of documents being lost. Although the websites are more advanced it does not mean every online backup service is equal. Using a few important criterium we have put together a comprehensive list of free of charge to monthly payment websites giving various tips along the way.
After searching “Online Backup Website” on Google we realized there is no way a person could find the best backup site for them by searching arbitrarily. Instead of trying to check out each website we compiled a listen of qualities a great site should have started from there. Online backup websites were ranked on speed of upload, size of upload allowed, total cost, ease of maintenance and how quickly documents could be retrieved.
The first test, speed of upload, was easy to measure many sites were very slow in uploading even small loads of information but the quickest and most efficient was MozyPro. MozyPro allowed users to sign up and start uploading within a few minutes, the server costs 4.95 a month but it is a small price to pay fro unlimited upload storage. The whole uploading process was completely secure and took only a couple minutes to transfer all the information from one computer to the site. Mozy also for multiply uploads and retrieving files was quick and easy. Although the site can be costly for small amounts of storage, the price insures all documents are upload fast and securely hassle free. If unlimited is too much Mozy allows customers to open accounts have 2 GB of space for free, no annual fees or initiation fees.
For some users paying for a backup website is comforting, so a close second in the monthly subscription backup site is Intronis eSureIT. For smaller jobs this sites offers great service at an equal price as MozyPro, however upload speeds are a little slower but equally secure. Another positive is multiple computers with unique IP address can upload to the same account without having to pay an extra fee. This site is perfect for a small business or someone who works in the office and at home and needs to access files from different locations. Both sites are excellent monthly subscription sites and have their place in the backup service world, depending on the task at hand choosing the right site between the two should not be hard.
Moving away from costly monthly subscribers, free storage sites are popping up all over the internet but their are huge differences between safe and powerful sites and the dwindling insecure sites found all over the internet.
Top pick by far due to its uploading speed, huge space allowance, and easy access to files once uploaded is Windows Live Skydrive. After registering users have 25 GB of space and relatively fast upload time. Also it is formatted like a Windows computer for easy navigation and storage. Windows Live Skydrive is on par with expensive monthly subscription based sites minus the unlimited storage.
Following behind in storage capacity is IDrive users start with 2GB but after registering and sending out a reference email to all your email contacts the storage is bumped up to 10GB. Transfer speed is very fast but only on smaller uploads, therefore a few smaller uploads is more efficient than a whole computer upload. Each free site has its advantages and can compete with the paid sites except in total storage space.
The choice comes down to much space one needs, how many many computers need to access the information, and how much does a user want to pay. Free and monthly subscription sites are both secure and quick at loading most documents. One suggestion is to use the free trail periods to find which site is the easiest to use for the task at hand, then purchase or sign up for the service when the period expires.