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How Does An Automated Backup Service Work?

Mar 1, 2008
Quite simply, an automated data backup service will back up and store any or all of your computer data files to a remote location automatically. All you need to do is regulate, via the software control panel, how often you want your files to be backed up. Once installed, it is an easy and worry free process of keeping your files safe and secure.

You have control over:

1. The Automated Backup Scheduling:

Set the days of the week and times for automated backups to run. By default, it may be set to run every night at 9 pm. You can also set it to run at a schedule that meets the needs of your particular business.

2. Back up on Demand:

You have the option to back up whenever and as often as you wish with the convenience of one click. It can be set to run a backup while you go out to lunch, or into a meeting. You won't have to worry about your files disappearing while you're away from your computer.

3. Back up when Exiting Windows:

You can set the controls to have the backup software ask you if you'd like to back up your files when you shut down or log out. You can also choose to have it back up your files, then shut down your computer when the task is completed. Perfect for the end of the work day.

4. Backup prompt when connecting to any Network:

This is a ideal option for traveling laptop users. Automated backup software prompts you to back up your computer as soon as an Internet connection is detected. No more lost files while you're on the road!

So where do your files go, and what do they do with them?

Your data will be sent over an encrypted internet connection, ensuring privacy and security. The files you send are only stored at the remote backup locations - not viewed. The data is also conveniently stored at several locations so that if one site goes down, there is always a backup stored safely at other sites.

I have duplicate files everywhere. Will they all get backed up?

Duplicate File Recognition, an advanced feature, will also identify duplicate files saved in multiple locations (i.e. an email attachment stored in your .pst file and saved elsewhere on your C drive), and only transfers and stores one file instead of all of them.

The automated backup software also detects common program and Windows system files already stored at the data centers and associates them with your account. This further optimizes initial full system backups.

These factors all combine to save significant network time and backup space, and makes nightly backups and restores faster and more efficient - no matter what your internet connection speed.

So, what do you think: Is an automated backup system in your future? I know it's in mine. It's just too easy.
About the Author
Backing up your valuable data with an online service can be easier and less expensive than you might think. You can even try out one of these services for free to see how it works - and how it might benefit you and your business. To learn more, visit my blog at Remote Data Backup Controls .
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