The Top Four Cloud Backup Myths
Cloud backups are still relatively new. And like all new things, people are still kind of confused about them. Although at this point the majority of the population has figured out that cloud backup servers aren’t stored on cumulus nimbus, there are still plenty of myths that need to be busted. Here are the top four big cloud backup myths solved for your reading pleasure.
Myth #1: Cloud Backups are Not Secure
Please. Almost everyone has accepted that online banking, bill pay, and other functions are safe to perform online. Most people also aren’t nervous to send confidential documents via email.
Cloud backup is every bit as safe as, and sometimes safer than, other secure web functions. Cloud backup providers have taken great pains to make their services über-secure. Many offer military-grade encryption. Some of the more security-oriented ones, such as SpiderOak, have no-access policies that prevent anyone other than you (including employees) from ever accessing your files. Others have even vowed never to hand information over to the NSA. If you want ironclad security, trust us, you can find it in the cloud.
Myth #2: People With Local Backups Don’t Need Cloud Backups
If you have a local backup of your computer, you may think that you don’t need a cloud backup. You are so, so wrong. Think about it:
What if something happens to your external backup drive? Your external hard drive and your computer are probably kept in the same house. If there is a break-in or a fire, both your computer and your backup will be kaput.
Also, external hard drives are delicate physical devices. Failures, drops, spills, and spontaneous combustion could quickly take that backup away. Not so with cloud backups, tucked away in multiple remote servers as they are.
How often do you actually back up your files? Even if you do have a backup, chances are you don’t back it up every day. Or week. Or even year. Data on manual backups shows that most people don’t bother to back up their files very often. With cloud backups, the whole process is automatic, keeping even your most recent files protected.
Myth #3: All Cloud Backup Companies Provide the Same Service
Cloud backup companies are as different as grocery stores. Whole Foods is not the same thing as Kroger. Likewise, cloud backup companies all offer different features, data allotments, and pricing schemes. Some of them are terrible, while others seem to be sent from above. Be sure to look at features and plans and choose accordingly.
#4: Myth Cloud Backups are Too Expensive
The truth is, cloud backups are extremely affordable. This becomes even more true if you consider how darn expensive it is to try to recover data if you don’t back up.
If (god forbid) you lose your data and do not have a backup, you may have to pay someone to try to recover it. This can costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Of course, if your computer is stolen or completely destroyed, the data may be unrecoverable. This can leave you without important documents like tax returns, not to mention thousands of dollars worth of music and priceless memories like pictures and video.
In contrast, an unlimited backup for your computer costs as little as $4 a month from some providers. That’s less than a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. So yea, cloud backups are pretty darn affordable.