Since tomorrow (March 31st) is World Backup Day, many sites are offering promotions such as free online storage or discounted externalhard drives. To make sure your important files are backed up in time for this special event, SpiderOak, a well known zero-knowledge cloud backup service, has decided to offer 5GB of free storage in addition to either their free account or paid accounts.
With World Backup Day only 1 day away, we here at Cloudbackuping.com thought it might be a good idea to put together a to-do list of sorts for those of you who want to get the most out of the world-wide event. So clear your schedule and read closely, it’s gonna be an awesome day.
1. Sign up for some sort of online backup!
CrashPlan is one of the many options you have
It might seem like common sense, but it’s been my experience that where backup is concerned not a lot of people have it, so here goes. Sign up for a great cloud storage service! You can look further down this list for a few hits at how to choose between the many options available, but don’t wait until it’s too late to back up your files.
If you’re not sure which programs to choose from, then make sure you head over to the reviews section of our site and find the cloud storage solution that’s right for you. Don’t get stuck on the number of stars either: Backblaze is only 3rd best but it’s still the easiest to use of the services we’ve reviewed; you just have to pick the one that fits you best.
3. Start your backup right away
The only thing worse than not having an online backup solution is having one and not using it. It’s like having a gourmet chef in your kitchen and eating canned soup instead. Trust us when we tell you that you’ll breathe much easier knowing your important files are safe and sound in the cloud.
It might seem self-serving, but it really isn’t. Mauricio spends a lot of time using and getting familiar with all of the online backup solutions he reviews; so do yourself a favor and beat the learning curve. The less time you spend learning the ins and outs of the solution you’ve chosen, the more time you can spend on number 10.
5. Check your backup configuration
If you’ve done number 4 then you might be able to skip this step, but otherwise make sure to check the configuration on the service you’ve decided on. Some companies limit maximum file size without you knowing (think SafeCopy) unless you uncheck that setting.
6. Perform a test restore
It’s always a good idea to make sure everything is working right…
7. Make at least one backup of your backup
You never know what could happen. Even though we firmly believe that cloud storage is as secure as you get, the smart thing is still to make a backup of your backup. Remember, even insurance companies buy insurance.
8. Download and get familiar with your choice’s mobile app
SafeCopy Also Offers a Mobile App
If you’ve picked a company that also has a mobile app (like DropBox or Crashplan), you’ll want to download that app and start taking advantage of the features available. For example, Crashplan lets you access your files from anywhere using your iPhone!
9. Let us know what you picked!
We pride ourselves on giving you the best information available so that you can make the best decision for you. So nothing makes us happier than finding out that all of our hard work paid off. If you have time, drop us a line in the comments and let us know what service you decided to go with and why.
10. Sit back, relax, and hope that you’ve won a new iPad
In case you haven’t had a chance to read yesterday’s news, you should know that BackBlaze – World Backup Day’s presentation sponsor- is giving away a free 3rd gen iPad to a lucky participant. As long as you put your name in the drawing, you can spend most of March 31st watching your files get backed up, sipping a cold drink, and waiting for that congratulations email.
And there you have it, 10 things everyone should do on or before World Backup Day. This is a big day for us (obviously) but it should be a big day for you too; it’s the day you choose to make your life more secure. And if we’re even a small part of that, then we’re doing our job very well.