The cloud backup services help you protect important data from losing. They copy files to offsite cloud storage servers so that files can be accessed from anywhere.
Cloud backup services are a better alternative to an external hard drive where files can be copied and stored as a backup to the saved files in the internal drive of the PC. Once the PC is damaged due to whatever reason, like theft, flood or fire, or just hardware damage, all files will be lost. With cloud backup services, total data loss will be prevented.
Cloud backup services vary to some extent, says Paul Wagenseil of tomsguide. Some allow backup operating system files and applications. Others allow backup of smartphones and tablets. Most of them can back up files to a local drive as well as the cloud, and some allow sharing of files with other users or provide file-syncing or dead-storage functions.
While backing up the entire computer for the first time can take days, some services allow one to seed the cloud backups by mailing in a hard drive with the data on it.
A number of cloud backup services are available out there, but here we will just focus on the 3 recommended.
IDrive is highly regarded in many reviews because of its great features and competitive pricing. It backs up as many PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets without any limit for a reasonable price. The software is available both for Windows and macOS computers as well as Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. Command-line scripts are also available for Linux users.
For multiple device users, this could be the best choice. Especially now that it increases the storage caps for users to enjoy. This service provides either a 5TB or 10TB storage limit according to the user’s preference.
IDrive provides fast upload speeds, it provides a substantial amount of file-syncing options and it allows mailing in a full drive instead of uploading data for days.
2. Backblaze Cloud backup
Backblaze is known to be the easiest to use amongst the cloud backup solutions. It features a useful restore-by-mail feature and fast upload speeds. Backblaze is the best choice for the value of money, it provides unlimited storage at a reasonable price of $60 per annum. However, only one device together with its external drive is allowed for each account.
If the device is stolen, Backblaze can even help locate the stolen unit by geolocating the WiFi network it links to. Backblaze though is not good for users who have multiple devices as it only limits to one device per account.
3. Acronis True Image
Acronis is a disk-imaging program with a cloud-storage component attached to it. It includes antivirus software and ransomware protection, a scanner that measures vulnerability, and a survival kit for a bootable restoration of files. Wagenseil considers this as the best choice for power users, as it offers a varied assortment of features and pricing combinations. It offers a versatile backup solution, that offers for mobile devices, external drives, and social media backups, with syncing and sharing options. However, it may be expensive for the average users.