Is Cloud Backup Safe?

encrypted fileCloud-based backup services, such as Mozy, Carbonite, and File to Backup, upload your files to their servers as protection against your losing the originals. This has some big advantages over a local backup. Once set up they’re completely automatic. And it’s extremely unlikely that the same fire or flood will destroy your computer and your backup.

What happens if I delete a file my mistake?30versions

File to Backup will keep a file as long as it’s on your drive (or at least the part of your drive that you’re backing up), and for an additional 30 days after it disappears. That seems fair to me. If a file disappeared from your drive a month ago, and you haven’t restored it, chances are you don’t want it anymore.

What about restoring an overwritten file? Word, Excel Document Etc…


Need to revert a change you made? File overwritten? No problem – we keep up to 30 versions of any file in the cloud. Access up to 30 previous versions of any file. Let say it’s a word document you keep changing, this is a very nice feature to have. If you want to keep a file indefinitely, keep it in more than one place. And at least one of those places should be your hard drive or some other local storage. And then backup that local storage–possibly to the cloud.