Easy Tips in Choosing an Online Storage Site

Posted: June 6, 2011 in Growing your Business, Random thoughts/blogs

The web has currently exploded with online storage sites where people can store their photos, MP3s, documents and other files. For users with files to share or move, these sites have slowly extinguished the need for floppy disks and other storage device.

Most people use these storage sites to back up valuable data and share/collaborate files online. In the United States alone, around 7 million hard drives crash and half a million laptops stolen or lost. Storing valuable data online will provide you with a backup in the event that a disaster strikes your computer. Files can also be stored online and shared to friends, relatives, family, colleagues, business associates and etc. As these files are being stored online, they can be accessed anywhere and at anytime of the day.

What to Look for? 

There are important features that you need to consider when choosing an online storage service.

  • Security. Most services provide security controls that will let you decide who will access specific files and folders. Make sure that your files are properly encrypted by the online storage provider when uploaded, downloaded or perhaps stored online. The standard encryption is a 128 bit SSL or secure sockets layer. Another common cipher is the 448 bit Blowfish encryption that protects your data while in storage.
  • Reliability. Many online storage providers offer 99% uptime guarantee. This means that you are able to access files anytime. Ideally, if you encounter technical issues, you should be able to call your provider 24/7. Make sure that their online storage service works with any computer operating system.
  • Storage space provided. Online storage services differ in the amount of downloads and space they provide to clients. Many of them offer separate packages that are tailored to the needs of their customers.
  • Sharing/collaboration tools. Sites like Mozy.com offers a wide range of features that will automate the process of backing up your important files online. These include the following:

–          Task scheduling

–          Automatic detection and backing up of new/modified files

–          Bandwidth throttling

–          Backup Outlook mail

–          Restore file versions up to a month

–          Mapped drive support for pros

–          Request a physical copy of the online backups

Are you looking for online storage spaces today? Make sure you read online storage site reviews before signing up for one. Be an informed buyer and save on the costs.

 

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