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Back in the early days of computers, I’m talking about when you had EDLIN as your text editor and there was no such thing as Windows and GUI interfaces, just a green cursor in the upper left hand corner of your screen and you typed everything and I mean everything in by hand, backing up your data was unheard of, I mean, who needed it?
Well, as time and technology marched on we entered into bulletin board services better known as BBS, nope, no need for backups of any kind there either as they were mostly message boards and files and if the system operator or sysop liked you could get into their private stash of files.
Now, we are now into Windows but again, no need for backups as many of the office applications were yet to be written and most still kept contact address books in, well, books.
Moving further along we now come into Windows on the scale of versions XP and Vista and now version 7, so, now backups are imperative.
Almost everything today is kept on computers, from office documents to photographs to video clips and lest we forget all our contact lists of many sorts such as email addresses, instant message contacts and so on and so forth. I could go on and on about what all needs saving on your precious hard drive these days such as if you run a business from home oh, the things needing backup there!
Today there are lots of web sites that offer the full and automatic luxury of backing up your files, no matter what they may be and there are as many sites that offer varied and sundry ways to backup your files as there are files on your hard drive. Some web sites can do automatic backup of all your files or you can choose to backup just certain ones, others offer backups of all your files the first time around and then just the ones that have changed on subsequent backups. Some automatic backup sites also will allow you to not only backup on their servers but you can also do backups by way of your own media such as disc media or tapes.
One other thing, some online backup sites will even let you password protect your files so that only you can see them and restore them just as easily as backing them up. While almost all the backup sites are the same to some degree you also have to look at the costs of the backups and how much space in gigabytes you get for whatever price the company is offering.
Another of the many advantages to using an online file backup service is the ease of use and the not-have-to-think-about-it character of such backups; you set it and forget it, neat huh?
So, when you know you need to do a backup and who doesn’t these days, do some research, pick the online backup service that fits your needs and budget and then get total peace of mind knowing that your files are all safe and secure.