I’ve been a Dropbox user since the service launched in late 2008. Since day one, I was a big fan of the service because of its simple user experience, fast syncing and good mobile apps. I’ve kept the service because I haven’t seen any good alternatives–until now. With the recent release of the SkyDrive Mac, iOS and updated Windows Phone 7 app, I have fallen in love with the service for a few distinct reasons that I describe below: a ton of free storage, Dropox-like file syncing and the addition of a Windows Phone 7 app.
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With cloud computing at its peak right now, many consumers jump to the conclusion that cloud backup solutions are the only way to go. What about traditional methods of backup? Is cloud backup really the most secure, reliable means of protecting your files or should you be trusting your important information with an encrypted external drive? Whether you’re a small business owner or an average end user, you can’t afford to lose those files – we’ve got you covered.
The first question that needs to be addressed is that of user-friendliness. There once was a time when being a computer user meant that you either had some extra cash to throw around, or you were a hardcore geek breathing new life into every old tower you came across with Linux. If memory serves, that era died out some time in the late 90′s. The point is – computers are becoming a big part of everyday life, for business and personal needs alike. If you can file your taxes, order a pizza, get in touch with long lost friends or even buy a new home with the click of a mouse, then why shouldn’t system backups be just as simple? Ultimately, they should be. [click to continue…]