Are you like us hesitating to have all your important data and photos in the "cloud"? We like to play it safe. Practically everyone is jumping on the cloud storage for all their data.
Questions arise: Are they really secure? Could you access anytime and anywhere? What if they get hacked? What if we cannot access what we need, when we need asap?
Due to such concerns, we use our own personal external data storage solutions. It's great to see the prices coming down, as well as the size of the storage devices. They are much more affordable and much smaller in size. It makes it easier for us to backup our date for archival purposes. As we have mentioned in prior blog entries, we have 3 copies of each archival storage:
1. The first one is for archival storage, copy 1 - you attach a sticker on it and mark it as such (perhaps add what it contains: i.e. family photos, business documents, artwork, family movies etc.
2. The second one would be backup of your originals. It's best to play it safe, than sorry. What if files get corrupt for whatever reason, then you have a backup.
3. The third one would be for those of us who like to create presentations, albums, play around with the photos we have taken and share. Or any other way you like to use them
As to how often to back up, we do it at the end of each month or the beginning of each month. Make it a habit and you'll be more than happy you did it. It's part of getting your life in order and not have consistant action cause problems down the line. Being safe and prepared makes life more pleasant and frees up time for more important things you would rather do.
We picked some articles : (we are not affiliated in any way with these articles) - we are sharing our research finds, it's up to you to be the judge and decide if you agree and what steps you need to take to protect your own precious, irreplaceable data:
Concerns About Cloud Storage from How Stuff Works.
The top 5 issues with the top 5 cloud storage services By Lucas Mearian in Computer World