Data Loss Could Happen to You
In the 21st century, hearing the phrase “back up your data” is comparable to hearing “eat your vegetables.” It’s a commonplace and convincing argument, yet millions of technological users continue to save their files strictly to their computer and reject backup services. In 2011, Gmail was affected by a software bug that caused .02% of their users to lose all of their email . That may seem like a low figure, but consider how many customers Google maintains. In order to prevent such mishaps, storage methods have extended beyond physical hardware. Millions of people save important information in applications such as Gmail, Google Drive and Google Contacts without securing that data on a backup server. Sure, an external hard drive can protect files that have been saved on your hardware, but how can one back up emails and the like?
In order to back up information on applications such as Gmail and Google Drive, one can simply subscribe to a cloud-based storage plan. There are many different companies who offer such a service, and some, such as Spinbackup, even offer this service for free.
I asked Dmitry Dontsov, Co-Founder of Spinbackup.com, why they offer their service free of charge: “Our mission is to preach the backup culture in the world. Our free plan with a limited functionality is the first step to change the world of data and make it better and more secure.” However, the free plan comes with limitations. Once a user reaches his or her 2 GB limit, the user must upgrade in order to further expand data storage capabilities. Nevertheless, data security is so important to some companies that they are willing to offer a free service in order to spread the culture of security.
Why Run the Risk?
Given the prevalence of hackers, computer crashes and simple human error, why not back up that all important data? Plus, most businesses offer a “pay as you grow” plan, so you don’t have to pay for any unused storage space. Data backup is simple, free and can potentially save you or your business plenty of time and money.