you are a casual home computer user or use your computer for business,
data loss is a tragic experience. This situation can occur if your data
has not been backed up and the original data is damaged, erased, or
otherwise "lost". Web-based backup may be the backup tool that
you need to save you from the hassle of losing your files. Web backup
isn't for everyone, though. Slow Internet connections and high online
storage costs sometimes limit the amount of data that can be realistically
backed up via the Web. However, as low-cost high speed Internet
connections become more available and on-line storage prices decrease,
Web-based backup is becoming more and more popular. For your
Web-based backup needs, both commercial backup sites and free, or low
cost, backup services can be found online.
General Information Backing up your
files is always a good idea. At some time you will probably experience the
loss of your data. Even if you do back up your work often, the threat of
power surges, data corruption, accidental deletion, and even natural
disasters can all threaten the security of your files. Web-based backup
(also known as an “edrive”) helps to prevent these problems by storing
your data on a remote server. A Web-based backup offers different
organizational and access features as well as data encryption for added
security. One good site that provides a wide array of information about
online backup is free-backup.info/brief-overview-of-online-backup.html.
Here you can find links to other Web-based backup sites and current
articles. Visit this Business.com
page to view numerous "Virtual Disk Drive" sites that
provide Web-based backup systems.
Online Backup Web
Sites Web-based backup sites have been around for several years, but
the real explosion came in 1999 and 2000 when both the number and variety
of on-line backup and file storage serves increased dramatically. Many of
these services were offered free of charge. However, due to poor marketing
and ineffective advertising schemes, many of the free and low-cost sites
have disappeared. Today, many commercial Web-based backup sites are in
operation. They offer features such as data organization, automatic
backups, a wide variety of data access options, and a large storage space.
Additionally, many of these sites gear their services toward a specific
type of user, often a business and its employees. The following list of
links provides only a small fraction of the number of commercial Web-based
backup sites that are found on the Internet today.
Additional Links Free
Web-based backup sites are still available on the Internet. For example, this
site offers a free file hosting system which gives users up
to 500 MB of storage space with unlimited bandwidth. The site www.myfilestash.com
offers a similar service, also with 25 MB of free storage space. Another
Web-based file storage site, www.storagesearch.com/edrives.html
provides users with information on online backup companies, including file storage and image
hosting for free.
On a different note, Liane
Gouthro has written an interesting article about
wireless access to Web-based storage space entitled “Web-Based
Storage Goes Wireless".