Here’s some good news from our online security partner F-secure: More people are backing up their irreplaceable data and media. Are you?
In 2009, an F-Secure survey revealed that 44% of Internet users failed to do any sort of backup whatsoever. But times have changed. A new F-Secure poll of 609 Internet users finds that only 14% of users do not make regular backups—a 68% decrease in less than two years.
New methods of backup are catching on—especially online backup. In 2009, only 5% of those surveyed were using online backup. That number is now 24%—a 380% increase.
Why are so many people choosing to backing up their files in the “cloud”? Here are the three reasons why many of Frontier’s customers have switched to online backup.
1. Online backup is easy and automatic.
Once installed and running, Online Backup doesn’t require the discipline that tape/disk/CD/DVD backups do. The backup occurs without interruption as you work. Most importantly, it doesn’t require me to remember to do it.
2. You can’t step on it, spill anything on it or leave it out in the sun.
Any backup system that works for you is better than no backup at all. But having backup disks and drives around may not be the best option for your lifestyle. Online backup saves your files in a location that’s not on your computer and not anywhere in your general location so you can’t lose the data. It also organizes your files in a way that makes sense—important files, Office files, pictures and videos, music and E-mail are automatically saved in your own little corner of the cloud using the same file system as on your PC.
3. New online threats require constant backups.
Have you heard of ransomware? It’s malware that encrypts your files and holds them hostage unless you pay a ransom for their release. If you’re hit by this obnoxious threat, you only hope is that you have your files backed up somewhere not on your computer recently. Online backup greatly increases the chances of having a current version of your files safe and sound if the worst case scenario becomes a reality.
Ready to start backing up your digital life? Sign up for Frontier Peace of Mind through the Great Frontier Donate and we will donate $10 back to your local chapter of the American Red Cross, our partners in preparedness. For details visit our partnership page – www.frontier.com/redcross.