Computer Escape's Technology Blog
1. Individualized Technology
True customization of needs is rare in the world of computers today. Every salesman in the industry is constantly trying to up-sell you into a computer that is vastly over-powered for the needs of most consumers. You are trained to listed for worlds like 'gigabyte', 'megahertz', and 'dual core', when considering a computer; falling right into the hands of the salesman as intended. Do you really know how all these bits and bytes mean do, and how they affect computer performance? Then how do you know if you need them?
You hear a lot of talk nowadays about off-site, internet based backup systems; usually in the form of software that automatically backs up selected files for you over the internet, and stores them on a secure, encrypted server. This type of backup is also known as a "cloud based backup solution". While I strongly believe that most people still use external hard drives or USB flash devices for storage, I can see a growing trend of people moving to off-site backup solutions. In my professional opinion, cloud based backup solutions are a far better option than your standard external storage device, and here's why: As hard drive storage capacity gets larger and larger, there is a higher potential for data loss or hard drive failure. In this study by DeepSpar we can see that 38% of data loss is caused by physical hard drive failure, and 30% to hard drive read errors. So it's safe to say that 68% of ALL data loss is due to defects and flaws in the hard drives themselves. So then why put yourself at risk for what is--according to the study--a very likely chance your external hard drive backup will fail too? Here are some additional reasons why you should change your backup habits, and upgrade to an off-site solution: