Although backups are a necessary security measure for anyone who has important files, it should be noted that there are disadvantages to the online process. The negative aspects of online backup are certainly not identical to those who are desperate to save their data and if you have lost data through a corrupted file or another issue, you will definitely extol the virtues of backing up data. However, there are some reasons why entrusting your data to an online company is not a good idea and we will discuss them below.
Transfer Speed Problems
Backing up your data involves transferring it to a secure and remote location associated with an online backup company. However, backing up data can be a painfully slow process. If you have vital data that needs to be saved, this should not be much of an issue. However, those with less essential data will not be feeling so patient as they wait hours for their data to be backed up. If you have an exceptionally large amount of data, it could even take weeks. Some backup sites have a rate of transfer that means 100GB of data will take four months to be fully backed up, and that's if your computer is on 24 hours a day! If you are still relying on a dial-up connection, multiply the transfer time by five.
Just how reliable is the online backup data service you chose? For example, how do you know that the company you have entrusted with your data will still be in business in three years time? It's not unusual for companies of this nature to go bust in a hurry. What would happen to your data in this instance? The answers to these searching questions need to be figured out and fast. Then you have to contend with the fact that the service you chose is not particularly good. Not all online backup companies were created equal after all. Obviously, you need to read customer reviews to protect yourself but this will not keep your data safe from any changes that happen to the company once you sign up. There could be new owners who do things differently to the company you originally entrusted your data with.
Not everyone has complete 24/7 uninterrupted access to the internet. If you are one of these people, online services may not be right for you. First of all, if your connection goes down during the backing up procedure, you may well have to start again. The only way you can retrieve stored data or backup data is by going online. This means that if you're away from an internet connection for a few weeks, the online backup service is useless to you. If a data disaster happens during this time, your vital information will be lost forever.
While online backup is important for most people with vital data stored on their computer, it is not the be all and end all of data security. Use an online backup service by all means but have a plan B in case it proves to be less than reliable.