With the introduction of cloud storage, it has become easier than ever to backup all your important computer files in a virtual and secure space online. This can play a key role in reducing your paper use. With cloud storage, all your important files such as documents, presentations, spreadsheets and other files are available to you at any time. As a result, cloud storage offers two key benefits:
Cloud storage can be accessed through an application or a web browser. To access your data all you need is a connection to the internet and an account with a cloud storage provider. Some services require manual backups, however it’s best to choose a service that automates your backup in case you forget. One of the key deciding factors with cloud storage is how big do you need your backup to be? It must be large enough to contain all your data, and a bit more for any new files that you wish to backup further down the road.
Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service that uses cloud storage to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across an internet connection. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. In 2011 Dropbox also announced “Dropbox for Teams”, a Dropbox service focused towards businesses and collaborative teams (it provides administrative control and central billing for multiple users).
Dropbox supports Windows, Mac and Linux. It is also available as a downloadable app for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices. Click here to visit their site.
SugarSync allows you to sync files on multiple computers. You can also upload and sync via email. The major advantage to this service is the ability to backup any folder on your computer with real-time upload of changes. It also allows you to edit files through the web interface which comes in handy for when you want to do simple edits. You can also share photo albums and send files of any size. You can even stream music to your web browser or iPhone, BlackBerry and Android device.
SugarSync supports XP, Vista and 7, Mac OS X and Linux plus you can download mobile apps to sync files to your iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian devices. Click here to visit their site.
Mozy is a secure online backup service. It’s a simple, smart, and economical way to protect your data from hazards like file corruption, accidental deletion and hardware failure. Mozy automatically backs up your files to its secure servers so that you never have to worry about losing important data.
Using Stash file sync, it also keeps files up to date on each of the computers that you regularly use. You can backup documents, presentations, spreadsheets and other files. You can back up and sync what you want, when you want. You can even create custom backup rules for uncommon file types.
The Mozy restore process is extremely useful. You can access your files via the Mozy mobile apps, instantly access files on the fly from the web interface or download all your files with just one click.
Mozy supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and Mac OS X. They also have iPhone and Android mobile apps. Click here to visit their site.
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