Online Backup Best Practices
1. Choose an online backup service that provides private encryption
Private encryption is very important so that nobody can have access to your data. Not even the online backup service itself. It is crucial to select a private encryption key that consists of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. However, don’t ever lose the private encryption key because you’re never going to be able to restore your data without that key.
2. Test at least 2 online backup providers
I would highly recommend testing at least 2 different online backup services and perform a complete backup of your files. This way you can measure how fast the online backup service works for you and if the backups work flawlessly. Of course, I already tested all the major online backup services, however, it could well be that what worked for me doesn’t necessarily work for you.
3. Think about how much storage you need
We have already covered that topic. Before deciding on an online backup service you have to determine how much space you really need. Remember to add at least 50% of your actual data needs for future use.
4. Develop a backup strategy
Think about what kind of data you want a backup. Are you going to back up your files daily or just monthly? Do you have to back up a lot of photos and videos? What are the most important files to backup first? Many online backup services provide a prioritization list were you can choose what files to backup in which order. SOS online backup even allows you to exclude files that you never want to back up to save bandwidth and storage space.
5. Choose an online backup service where you can monitor your backups
It is important to monitor your backups while the software is uploading your data to their servers. This way you can detect errors right away and fix them. A good example is Idrive. They offer the best monitoring service I have come across.
6. Make test restores of your files
I have a little reminder in my calendar that tells me once a month to perform a test restore with all my backup data. This way I can be sure that in case of emergency the restore process works flawlessly. The least you want is to have problems when you’re restoring your data.
Keep all those best practices and tips you have read in this guide in mind. I’ll assure you this will help you choose the perfect online backup provider for your needs. It is important to spend a couple of minutes thinking about what you need and what your strategy is going to be. You are going to be rewarded with happy backups for the rest of your life and peace of mind.