Top 7 Online Backup Myths You Shouldn’t Fall Prey To

May 05, '15 by Troy Hickerson

Online backup is one of the most sought after solution when it comes to data management and storage. Online or cloud backup services were quite expensive in their early days and many had apprehensions about choosing them for backing up their critical data, but the times have changed now. Cloud backup services have not only evolved in terms of security and efficiency but also offer far more features than they used to.

Not all online backup providers explain the features of the services provided by them in plain language and thus give rise to these myths. This article will list down some of the most popular myths associated with online backup services and bust them. 

1. Truly Unlimited Plans- Nothing is truly unlimited in all terms. It can be unlimited in one aspect but that aspect would be restricted by another aspect which would be limited in quantity or scope.  

Many backup providers boast of providing unlimited storage space but you should always read the fine print before falling prey to such a trap. Such unlimited features always have a fair usage policy would restrict something; let’s say the bandwidth, after you upload a certain amount of data. 

2. Cloud Backup Is Not For Everyone -Cloud backup was surely expensive in its early days but now it has become very affordable. Small business owners think that cloud backup is not needed for their business as it will increase their expenditure, but they fail to assess the risk of losing their data properly. They need it more than more than the large MNCs as they do not have any data management strategy in action.

Self-employed professionals like photographers and designers must always use a cloud backup service for safeguarding their data as losing work could mean losing a client.

3. Cloud Backups Are Slow-   Those who say that cloud backup services are slow for uploading their data are probably using it on a dial-up or a slow mobile connection.  

These backup services upload giga bytes of data and were never meant to be used on a slow internet connection. Thankfully, due to the increasing penetration of broadband, this problem will cease to exist in near future.  

In case you want to transfer a huge amount of data to the cloud backup servers and can’t wait for several weeks during the initial seeding phase, then you should probably send a hard drive to the service provider with your initial seed data at an extra cost. 

4. Automatic Backups Mean Total Peace of Mind-  Wrong! Though automatic backups are meant to work without any user interference, one should always check whether it’s working or not at regular intervals. Sometimes, automatic backup might stop working due to an error, and if you’ve turned off notifications of the cloud backup software then you might land up in a trouble at a later stage.  

It is always a good practice to check backup logs to check if everything is working fine or not.

5.One Backup On The Cloud Is Enough- You should use a cloud backup service for backing up a backup. You must keep a copy of your backup on an external storage device which is accessible to you at all times and is stored at a safe distance from your work/home computer. This copy stored on an external storage media will help you do a quick restore without the internet in case you lose your data on the computer. 

6. Cloud Backups Are Not Secure- Data security is an inherent part of any cloud backup service. So, you shouldn’t worry about the safety of the data stored on your cloud backup account.  All popular cloud backup services use at least 128-bit encryption for storing your data, and transfer your data through a SSL channel during the upload and download process.

This makes sure that no unauthorized person can access your data without your permission. 

7. There Is No Need To Try Restoring From Cloud- While this holds true for most of the cases, you wouldn’t want to be the unlucky one who would lose his data due to a corrupt backup copy. Let me remind you that this data corruption doesn’t happen during the transfer process or on the cloud server, but happens on your own computer itself. That’s why it is always advised to do trial restores for ensuring the validity of your data backups. 

Now you know all the main facts and most common myths about cloud backup services. So, now it is time to try a cloud backup service. SafeCopy Backup offers a free account with 3 GB of lifetime storage so you can test out our services and make a wise decision.  

Posted on May 05, '15 | Comments0 comments |

Why Should You Backup To Cloud Before Installing New Software?

April 29, '15 by Troy Hickerson

Frequent system updates have become a norm these days. You update your system today and you’ll have to update it a few days later, again. If you are using a device running Android, then you’ll receive Google Play notifications almost daily for new app updates. These frequent app updates may annoy you sometimes, but such frequency is good in a way. They not only keep your device safe from hackers and spies, but also improve its performance and power efficiency. 

Operating system updates add new features, remove bugs, and fix crashes along with bringing many other improvements to the core OS. Application updates also do similar changes to your device. While you may choose to ignore the new features, you should also keep in mind that these updates also bring a lot of security fixes making your device more hacker-proof. So to keep your device up and running in its full glory, you must always keep it updated with the latest version of the operating system and application updates. 

Don’t Just Download The Updates From Anywhere

Now before you get excited about updating your software and operating system for new features and fixes, please know that you shouldn’t download the update from just another website. Only download the latest version of your software either from the official website, or from a reputed web portal.

You should also avoid downloading software from peer-to-peer sharing tools and via torrents. Software obtained via torrents and piracy websites are most likely to contain embedded malware and viruses. So it will do more harm than good if you use software downloaded from less trusted sources.


Do You Backup Your Device To The Cloud? 

Accidents happen. You may take as many precautions as possible to avert them, but you simply cannot avoid them always.
That’s where cloud backup comes into picture. After all, nobody would like to part with his data in case of a system failure and file corruption due to a virus attack.


Use Cloud Backup To Restore Your Computer 

There are two main ways in which one can use cloud backup for restoring one’s computer. Take the help of your requirements to choose between these two methods easily.

 If you have a lot of programs installed on your computer and you don’t want to start from scratch in case your system is hit by a virus, then you should make a full system backup using Windows ‘Backup and Restore’. You can also use some other popular backup creation tools that you can find on the internet. Now after you take a full system backup, upload that backup file to your cloud backup service. We would also advise you to take backup of your important files separately (at a later stage) since you will be taking the full system backup upon fresh OS install and after installing the required programs.

 On the other hand, if you are only interested in backing up your important files or simply don’t have much storage and bandwidth for uploading your entire system backup, then you’re better off taking backups of important files and documents only.


Taking regular backup is a very good practice, but cloud backup just makes it better. Just follow either one of the above two points and you will able to try as many software and tinker with the critical system settings without the fear of losing your data.

SafeCopy Backup offers very affordable high volume cloud backup service plans starting at $150/year for 500 GB storage, and $350/year for 1000 GB of storage to suit your complete system backup needs.

Posted on April 29, '15 | Comments0 comments |

How To Double Your Backup Protection For More Benefits ?

April 29, '15 by Sam Ghosh

We all understand how important the data has become in this digital age. Every decision we take is derived from data, and that important data sits somewhere on your work or home computer. This data includes financial records, logs of transactions, problem analysis, proposed solutions, results, employee database, blueprints, etc. Losing such data would not only result in a chaos but can also lead to loss of livelihood for small businessmen. 


Keep Your Data Safe 

While there is no particular way in which one can keep his data safe from accidents and misfortunes, one can always take preventive measures to keep it safer.

We would suggest that you encrypt and archive your data before saving it on your computer. You should make sure that your computer is protected by a good antivirus and anti malware program updated to the latest definitions. You should also be careful on the internet and avoid using software procured by unknown means or via piracy.



Backup Your Data Regularly 

Taking regular backups of your work is just as important as following the above mentioned safety measures. The safety measures will prevent viruses and malware from infecting your data while taking regular backups will keep it safe against hardware crash and storage media failure.

You can take backups of your computer using the in-built Windows Utility known as ‘Backup and Restore’ or can use other popular after market software.


Online Backups Is Your Best Bet

Taking online backups is far more reliable and affordable than any other backup strategy. Online backup providers not only offer cheap data backup plans but also keep it safe and private from unauthorized parties.

The data stored online can be accessed 24 hours during the day from any place on the earth, provided you have a fast internet plan.


Combine Offline And Online Backups For Double Protection

There is no denying the fact that taking online backup is the best strategy for securing your data, but it is slow and not always feasible. Many living in the developing countries don’t have access to high-speed broadband at all times. This makes it impossible for them to take regular online backups of all files. That’s why taking offline and online data backup is the best strategy for safeguarding your data while providing you with high-speed access at all times.  


Here are some of the advantages of this hybrid (online + offline) data backup strategy:
 Easy Restoration- Most online backup plans allow you to restore only using a high-speed internet after logging into your account. There are no such hassles associated with restoring from an offline backup stored on a removable storage media. All you have to do is, open the ‘Backup and Restore’ program and select the file that you want to restore.

 Speed of Access- It might take you months if not years, if you are using a slow internet connection for restoring your computer and large data files amounting to 100s of giga bytes. That’s where offline backup has an edge over the online backup. All you have to do is move the storage media to the desired location, copy the required files, and hit the restore button. It will hardly take you a couple of hours for restoring your entire computer.

 24x7 Offline Access- As the name suggests, restoring from an online backup requires a fast internet connection. You may be able to access your files stored in your online backup plan over a slow connection but you won’t be able to restore them without an internet connection. Offline backups on the other hand, can be accessed without any internet connection since they’re stored on a removable storage media. Thus offline backups ensure that you can restore your data irrespective of the status of your internet connection.

The above mentioned points show how efficient it can be, if you store your backups both online and offline. Online backup plans ensure maximum reliability while the storing the files offline guarantee that you can access them even without any internet connection and restore your computer very quickly. 




Posted on April 29, '15 | Comments0 comments |

What Exactly Should You Backup To Cloud?

April 24, '15 by Sam Ghosh

Online backup services have been around for years, but it is now that these services are starting to pick up a lot of pace. Many people were initially hesitant about backing up their critical files to the cloud. But thanks to the increasing awareness about how online backup services keep user data safe from hackers, virus attacks, natural calamities, and spying agencies like NSA, more and more people are jumping in on the online backup bandwagon.

Now we all know how safe and easy to use cloud backup services are, but many people are still not using this great technology to its fullest potential. Today most of the online backup software come with a very simple setup process and also select the important file locations and folders to backup automatically. While this makes it easy to use and backup almost all the popular folders and file locations, it might not be what the user desires to backup in many cases.

Care should be taken while setting up the cloud backup software so that you don’t miss to select your important folders for backing up to the cloud.


Which Files To Include In Online Backup?

There is a simple rule to follow while one is selecting files and folders for online backup. Only select those files and folders which you can’t afford to lose at any cost.

Usually, every online backup software will pre-select folders like My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, My Videos, etc. but you should also select folders and files including but not limited to important data archives, databases (cab be password-protected too), project reports, assignments, and other important documents and their scanned copies. Basically you should backup almost anything which you fear losing.
These simple guidelines will prove to be very handy and useful when you can’t decide which files and folders to select while setting up your online backup software.

Don’t Just Rely On Automatic Backups 

Technically, you should be all set if you follow the above instructions for backing up your data online. But there might come a time when the software fails to upload some files or folders due to some glitch. That is why you should always take a look at the log file for checking whether your data is being backed up online properly, or not. In case there is a discrepancy, you should upload that file or folder manually.

In case you are setting up an online backup software on your work computer then you should always set it to take very frequent backups. This will make sure that you lose minimal work in case something bad happens.

What Should You Not Backup Online? 

Since backing up online is neither dirt cheap nor a very fast procedure, you should always make sure that you are only backing up files having emotional and financial value. All other files like movies, installed applications, wallpapers, windows files, games, video songs, movies, etc. should not be uploaded online.
This will not only save your bandwidth and computer resources, but will also help you make the most out of your online backup account having limited storage.

However, if you are data hoarder who doesn't want to part with his collection then you should probably backup such files on another computer, or on an external storage media. Let us warn you that external storage media are not as reliable as online backup services, but it is better to backup your extra files somewhere rather than nowhere.

If you don’t to take even the slightest of risks while storing your media files including movies and video clips, then you should consider getting an online backup account with high storage capacity. SafeCopy Backup offers some of the most affordable online backup accounts starting from $50 per year for 200 GB storage to 1000 GB storage costing $350 per annum.

Posted on April 24, '15 | Comments0 comments |

5 Reasons Why Educational Institutes Should Use Cloud Backup Technology

April 24, '15 by Sam Ghosh

Modern education is incomplete without the use of computers and also involves storing large videos, presentations on a storage media. Traditional storage media as we know are prone to failure. So storing data backups on optical and magnetic discs would not be a good strategy. The latest solid state drives are very much reliable but their high price/GB ratio makes them unviable for use in large institutions.

Educational institutes store a lot of vital data including exam papers, results, financial and academic records, research papers, and presentations on their computers. So, an event of data loss due hardware failure, theft, fire, flood, or any other natural calamity might become a huge hurdle in the academic progress of the students. It is therefore of utmost importance that all educational institutes must shift to cloud backup for storing and backing up important data.


Here are some key points listing out the advantages of cloud backup technology over traditional backup methods:
1. Ease of Access- To access the data stored on external storage media one has to have physical access to it. This makes it a troublesome process for sharing the data with the colleagues and other branches of the same institute. All of this can be solved by moving to cloud backup technology. Online backup not only ensures 24x7 access, but also makes it possible for the authorized persons to access the data at any place in the world.

2. Reliability- All cloud backup providers set up their datacentres in a way that all files are stored at multiple locations. This makes sure that you can access your files even when the primary server goes offline. You no longer have to worry about data loss caused by hardware failure, or virus attacks when you move to cloud backup.

3. File Sharing- Sharing presentations, class notes, video lectures, test papers and results are among one of the most important activities that involve sharing files among authorities in educational institutes. Students can also benefit from cloud backup technology by sharing class notes, important points, and summary of lectures with their friends and classmates. Doing it with traditional methods is a hectic process involving
transportation of storage media, or via email attachments, but cloud backup makes it look like a cakewalk. All you have to do is select the files or folders that you want to share, set permissions, and add users.

4. Automatic Backups- You longer have to take backups manually and risk losing the data due to a hardware failure in case you forgot to take the backup for that time duration. All cloud backup software can take automatic backups of selected file locations at a specified time. This makes sure that your important files are always backed up and you lose no part of your work ever. 5. Privacy- We all can imagine what might happen if the exam papers and financial records of the educational institutes land up in the wrong hands. All cloud backup software transfer the user data to their servers via an encrypted channel where it’s stored using world-class encryption methods. This means that nobody but the rightful owner has the access to his files.

Cloud backup providers also manage user data eliminating the need for the IT department to spend their precious work hours on trivial tasks like data maintenance and transfer.

SafeCopy Backup is one of the best cloud backup solutions that your money can buy. We not only offer affordable data backup plans at $50/year for 200 GB but also offer all the features that you might wish for.

Posted on April 24, '15 | Comments0 comments |

New release of SafeCopy backup

December 17, '14 by Troy Hickerson

New version of SafeCopy Backup software is being pushed out through our auto-update feature.  Over the next couple weeks your computer will prompt you to update, but if you want to skip the line and upgrade immediately, you can download and upgrade at   

  • New restore process built into to the software.  This is helpful when restoring large amounts of data because the software will manage the download back to your computer.  The web browser download is simple and convenient for remote access to your files.
  • Improved support for network folder backup.  If you have a shared folder on your network we have improved the process and stability for backing those remote folders.
  • Improved security and minor bug fixes.

If you haven't visited your SafeCopy account on the web, you will notice many improvements as well.  We continue to improve the web based access including advanced searching, automatically hiding files that have been deleted from your computer, and built in photo gallery.

Enjoy the holidays and as always, let us know if you have any questions by emailing

Posted on December 17, '14 | Comments0 comments |