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The Best Services Online Data Backup Services

The Best Services Online Data Backup Services
The best services for data backup. / Credit: Data backup image via Shutterstock

With businesses reliant on computers for nearly every task, few things could be worse for a business owner than a hard drive crash. Losing all of their important files and data could have a devastating impact on most organizations.

To prevent such a disaster, many business owners use online data backup services to ensure that even if their computers do break down, their files will always be safe and secure. In case of a hard drive crash, online data backup services give business owners immediate access to their files from any other computer that is connected to the Web, as well as via mobile devices.

When choosing an online data backup service, business owners should look for several things. The service they select should include automatic backups, archiving, incremental backups and file managers. The best online backup services should also offer an intuitive user interface, and it should be simple to set up automatic transfers and syncing. Business owners should also concern themselves with security when selecting an online data backup service. The service should protect data with high levels of encryption, both during the transfer and while the data is in storage.

Our sister site, TopTenREVIEWS, does in-depth reviews of online data backup services. Here are the Top 3 recommendations for online data backup services:

MyPC Backup took home this year's TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award by allowing customers to back up unlimited data, and by offering top-notch security options. The service also provides a wide assortment of backup features, including automatic, incremental and selective backups. MyPC Backup's schedule feature makes it easy to program backups to occur hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. The service also lets users sync folders and files among different computers. With this feature, business owners can work at home without fear of losing any files when they return to the office. In another plus, MyPC Backup does not limit the size of documents that users can back up. This means users can back up all of their photos and other important files without worrying about limited space. Overall, MyPC Backup offers the protective features business owners need in order to know their important files are safe and secure.

Remote/mobile/Web access: MyPC Backup lets business owners access their data and files from anywhere the users are working. This service allows users to work on files even when there isn't an Internet connection, with changes automatically syncing to their computers once the connection is restored. Users can also view and manage stored data from smartphones. This service is compatible with any smartphone, including iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys.

Security: MyPC Backup stores all data to encrypted, secure servers with encryption technology similar to that used by banks for online banking.

Help and support: MyPC Backup offers email assistance to contact customer service representatives. If any problems arise, the service also provides a support ticket system for communication. The MyPC Backup website offers several resources for additional assistance, including a knowledgebase, FAQ section and video tutorials.

Costs: To compare costs, visit TopTenREVIEWS' best online data backup services comparisons.

SugarSync earns high marks for its ability to sync any folder and file across multiple computers and mobile devices. The service performs regular backups, sending new or updated data to its offsite facility and servers for safe storage. It also handles versioning well, saving the five most recent versions of each file. In another convenient feature, SugarSync lets business owners sync to offline devices. In addition, the service works across multiple operating systems, including Macs, PCs and mobile devices. SugarSync's plans support anywhere from 30GB to 250GB of storage. That space can hold anywhere from 3,000 documents and 6,000 photos and songs, to 25,000 documents, 40,000 photos and 30,000 songs. Overall, the service offers powerful backup tools, the best sharing tools available, mobile compatibility and a great pricing structure that provides the same tools with each plan.

Remote/mobile/Web access: In addition to the usual sharing tools, SugarSync has applications for iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian and iPhone. It also offers a Web version optimized for mobile devices. The service can share files in more ways than any other online backup service.

Security: Files synced to SugarSync's servers are sent using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, meaning the service verifies every file before it goes on a user's hard drive or SugarSync's servers. Once files reach SugarSync's servers, they're encrypted with 128-bit AES. In addition, files are stored and backed up in two state-of-the-art data centers, preventing total data loss if one data center were to go down.

Help and support: When in need of help, business owners can contact SugarSync by email or live chat. The service posts extensive information on its website in the form of tutorials, an FAQ section and user guides. There's also a very active forum with posts from users.

Costs: To compare costs, visit TopTenREVIEWS' best online data backup services comparisons.

OpenDrive won this year's TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for serving as both an online data backup service and a cloud service. It has the tools and features essential for quality backups, including automatic, incremental and scheduled backups, along with syncing and file sharing. In addition, it's also a quality cloud service, giving users full access to their documents and allowing users to edit documents, share photos, stream music and watch videos from the cloud. OpenDrive's Office and Pro editions include file versioning, which will store older versions of documents and files in case users need to access them. The service offers several different plans, including Home, Office and Pro. Storage space starts at 100GB for Home and goes up to a terabyte for the Pro service. This online data backup service also includes higher bandwidth with the Office and Pro editions.

Remote/mobile/Web access: OpenDrive lets business owners access their files from any computer that has a modern Web browser and is connected to the Internet. Currently, this online data backup service only supports Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. However, the company is currently working on an app for Android mobile devices.

Security: OpenDrive delivers a high level of security, keeping important data safe by offering 128-bit SSL encryption for stored files and during transmission.

Help and support: OpenDrive has a variety of support options, including a user manual, an FAQ page, a user forum to interact with the developers, and a Twitter account, where the company regularly tweets news and answers. Those business owners who need further help or technical assistance can contact OpenDrive by email or live chat.

Costs: To compare costs, visit TopTenREVIEWS' best online data backup services comparisons.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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