Up next in Data Management & Storage (23 videos)
Organize your online information with the data management and storage tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Backup provider free trial account
- Trial and error
Consider the benefits for home users
Consider the benefits of backup services for home users such as off-site data storage and federal government-compliant security standards.
Consider the benefits for small businesses
Consider the benefits of backup services for small businesses. They can offer tech support that's comparable yet less expensive than large enterprises.
Take advantage of free trials
Take advantage of free trials offered by online backup providers to test if their software is compatible with your computer's operating system.
Ask the right questions
Ask the right questions. Do they offer 24/7 support? Can you back up multiple PCs through one account? Do they have storage and user number limits? Do they offer Mac support? These are all important facts to consider when choosing the right provider.
Assess data storage pricing plans
Assess data storage pricing plans. Do they offer affordable flat fees at different storage limit levels, like 100 megabytes, 4 gigabytes, or even unlimited storage?
Ask about a service's reporting tools
Ask about a service's reporting tools. This is a daily list of reports that confirm to the provider's tech pros that a customer's critical data is being backed up.
Know about security alerts
Know about security alerts. Some backup providers forward email alerts to subscribers of break or fix issues such as failed backup operations.
Know about backup service disadvantages
Know about backup service disadvantages. Some require a reliable 24/7 internet connection, and can be stressful on your computer bandwidth.