What is more precious, your computer or the data on it? In many cases, it’s the data – priceless photos, confidential files, or vital business documents. Data backup is essential to keep this information safe.

Secure Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over the internet to an offsite server. Even from that simple description, it is easy to see how this service could be advantageous. Physical devices such as a USB drive can break, be lost or stolen. Managing your own local backup costs time and money. You now have the option to save your data to a secure server to ensure that your backups are safe. Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted once they reach their destination. The only decryption key resides with you. You also have any time, anywhere access. As long as there is access to the Internet, through a computer or a smartphone app, all files are readily available.

Perhaps the most important reason to keep a copy of files offsite is for disaster recovery. Natural disasters like fire, hurricanes, and flooding, or man­-made disasters like theft, hacking or terrorism could put both the computers and the backups out of your reach. Keeping backed-­up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office.

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