Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164413/how-and-why-to-back-up-your-cloud-data/
So you’ve got all your data stored on servers somewhere — your emails at Gmail, photos on Facebook, and passwords in LastPass. But what if one of these services failed and lost your data?
A rather Google orientated article. You should mention the perfectly good alternatives from time to time.
Let me serve as an object lesson here. I'm one of those people who DOES routinely back up her local data, but I'd been moving more and more of it to my Google Drive account. I kept idly thinking I should find a backup solution for that...some day.
One night, due to a series of unusual events, I unknowingly threw away a business database that was in Drive, and then, for the first (and last) time ever, I purged the trash.
It took me TWO MONTHS to rebuild that database, and some data was just lost forever.
I wanted an automated backup solution so I went with Spanning Backup. (The irony of paying to back up a free service is not lost on me.) I still don't feel completely secure, however, because Spanning will only restore data to the same active Google account. Since Google has been known to lock down accounts that have been hacked (or that it thinks has been hacked), if that ever happened and I couldn't persuade them to reopen my account, I would still lose my data.
Personally this is why I use Dropbox, and I paid for the Packrat feature - which keeps every single version of every file ever - including deleted files.
So you can delete files by accident and it doesn't matter. They are always there.
I'm a paid subscriber to Sugar Sync, which I find much more powerful than Dropbox. The part of Dropbox that held me back was sharing a folder consumed the available space of the person you're sharing with. So with my 100GB, I maxed out their 5GB total with a folder of pictures and video. To me, this isn't really the idea of sharing but I understand why they do it. No such limitation with Sugar Sync.It's also a true cloud backup solution, where Dropbox is not. Dropbox is designed for file syncing.
That said, Sugar Sync doesn't have a Linux client- which is a big fail if you're a Linux user.
While I agree that it is within the bounds of probability that the LastPass universe could implode and lose your passwords forever (wah!), I would like to point out that you always have a (possibly) stale copy of the encrypted passwords locally, so if you or the LastPass server are offline you can still use LastPass.
Agreeing with you that a LastPass backup is a topping good idea, but it is not necessary for using LastPass offline.
What about LastPass Portable? Recommended over Pocket by LastPass. You can carry it on a flash drive so you always have all your passwords with you.
I've used both for a long time, and frankly would even pay for them if I had too. That's not something I say lightly.
I'm using crashplan, but I`m new to it. I have a family plan with unlimited storage and the service is cheap compared to skydrive and dropbox. Has any one had any problems with their service?
Curious. The focus of this article and thread is on backing up cloud data. I use the cloud for an additional backup of the data stored on my computer (I also have two local backups and one in my safe deposit box at my credit union). I use Carbonite to back up my desktop. I don't bother to back up most of the data on my notebook (mostly, my books and music) since it's also on the desktop. When on the road, any data I add to the notebook (mostly photos) gets temporarily backed up on a 2.5" HDD I carry with me in the notebook case, a 32GB camera card I keep in my purse, and on my Amazon Cloud Drive (it came free with my Amazon account so why not use it?) until I get home and can transfer the data to my desktop where the normal backup scheme kicks in. I don't delete the temporary backups until the transferred data on the desktop has been backed up.
Btw, Carbonite's basic home plan includes 30 day versioning, which should be enough for my needs. I prefer having any data or services I may use, such as a calendar, kept on my computers rather than solely in the cloud. Any important email gets saved to my computer as soon as I determine it's important.
I trust Google as far as I can toss a horse and only use Google maps anymore now.