A short guide to online backups

With millions of people around the world now using computers and mobile devices to work, talk and keep hold of important files and photos, finding a way to keep digital files safe has become a top priority. Computer crashes, file corruption and accidental deletions can all put your documents at risk, so what can you do to make sure that they aren’t lost forever?

The short answer – back up your data.

Backing up provides you with a place to store extra copies of your files, so that you can retrieve them if anything happens to the originals. Here at BestBackups, we take a closer look at the online backup providers who store your data in the Cloud. These companies offer a set amount of storage space for a monthly fee (although some have free plans available too), and provide you with software to help upload, download and organise the data that you want to back up.

As well as giving you storage space, lots of backup providers also offer additional services, such as the ability to sync and share your files. This popular feature lets you give other people direct access to view or edit your documents, as well as making sure that you can access the most up-to-date versions of your files from any place at any time.

Is it safe?

Since Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 raised serious questions about the security of personal information online, it can be hard to know who to trust with your data. The good news is that most providers do take security seriously, using high level encryption, password protection and other measures to protect your privacy.

We understand just how important an issue this is, so we’ve worked hard to find out exactly how well different providers take care of your files, and presented all of the information in our reviews.

What’s the best way to choose a provider?

If you’re not sure which backup service will best meet your needs, you’ve come to the right place! Our reviews and five best lists will help you to weigh up your options, and if you’re new to this, you can find all the information you’ll need in our Introducing Backups section!

Pete Zaborszky, BestBackups.com owner