This article is a guide to the best backup features for home. It is meant for those who have a personal computer or those with a number of computers (up to 5). This is a list of our favorite backup features that we have gathered over the years.
Although with research, you may decide there are other features you will need to have an effective experience with online backup. These are the ones we are most convinced are worth having.
- Versioning - This is like looking through your history. It simply means that the program you use to backup your data is keeping different ‘versions’ of your file. Most of the time this is done using a incremental, differential or whole file method. Companies should make it easy for you to see if they have this feature. They will usually list it as a keeping a month of stored versions, or keeping up to 30 types of versions.
- Scheduling - A feature that lets you schedule the times of when you wish to back up. This is helpful if you are working on the computer you need to backup and do not want to slow it down. Schedule the backup process for any time -- after work, midnight, on the weekends, etc… This is a standard tool. If the company you are looking at does not have this feature, inquire as to why and what the alternative is.
- File Sharing - File sharing with online backup software helps you access files from multiple devices. Or, It can allow you to send files to people while they are stored on your online backup server. There are companies that offer it as a syncing utility and those that offer it as an attachment that you can send a link to.
- Online Access & Restore - Accessing your files from any computer or device. This feature means you will be able to gather your data from different locations than the one you have uploaded your data from. If your computer fails, you will be able to access your files from the website and download to any computer or device.
- Encryption - A standard security features. Basically it means your data is scrambled into indecipherable information while it is transferred. The connection is fully protected from interception and will be completely private. Different companies offer different layers of encryption. The standard is 256 bits.