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The 3 C's Of The Perfect Data Backup Service

Mar 21, 2008
If you have ever considered a data backup service for your computer, then you need to take into account the factors of cost, convenience, and completeness, or what I like to call the "3 C's" of backing up your data. I will explain the importance of each of these areas when you decide with which data backup service provider you will go with, and how you can know for sure that you have made the right choice.


This seems to be the issue that most people want to know about first, and rightfully so. The cost of the service you choose is a HUGE factor in the decision that you decide to make.

For a home computer, you will not need a super-duper, bells and whistles $500 a month service to back up some of your pictures and other personal documents. On the other hand, though, you do not want some crummy $3 a month data backup service supposedly "protecting" your corporation's critically important documents.

A good rule of thumb to remember is this, "You get what you pay for". An ideal service provider for your home computer should be about $20, and that for your business shouldn't cost you any more than $40. Data backup services around this price range offer a great variety of convenience and features without ripping you off like some of the big guys do.


Who wants a data backup service that is as high maintenance as some ladies hair styles? If you are like the typical American, you probably have more things going on in a day than you can even think of, and adding "Remember To Back Up Computer" to your list can be a complete hassle.

The best, and most hassle-free, feature that a data backup service can add to your software is that of automatic update. By this I mean that the computer will automatically, usually daily, back itself up. That means that you now have one less thing to worry about, and you have the peace of mind knowing that your computer's data is safe and secure.

This is a crucial area to consider, and you may want to beware the "completeness" of a service that does not offer this to their customers.


What I mean by this is that you want a data backup service that has everything you are looking for. Don't settle for a cheaper, off-brand service that does not meet up to your home or business needs for such a service.

You will want to make sure that, not only does your computer update automatically, but that also the information is stored offsite in a safe location, and further that you have access to multiple days back of data backups.

With your computer's data stored offsite, it means that not only is it safe from accidental deletion, but it's also safe from events such as house fires or large storms. This is a great, and almost mandatory, feature for a good data backup service.

Also, you will want to have access to multiple days worth of backups, just in case you realize a few days later that an important file had been deleted. The ideal service will offer you at least the previous week's worth of backups, and this feature in turn will give you peace of mind that you will have prolonged access to any important and accidentally deleted file.

You now know what the "3 C's" are in choosing your perfect fit for a data backup service provider. Remember these, and you are on your way to a happy and peaceful life of knowing that your important documents are always safe and secure.
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