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We at Quality Matters have like other businesses to carry out
data back-up as a routine , but there are times when the auto back-up
fails or is missed for some other reason.
Any missed back-up could cause a problem if it is needed and you can
bet on it that it will be needed when the missed back-up
failed to capture some vital information.
What is the answer? We recently signed up
to a system called Dropbox. Put simply it takes all
your data and stores it securely in the cloud. The cloud
being a datacentre with all the security, connectivity and redundancy
Data security is important and the Dropbox system encrypts the data
during upload and download and then stores it securely.
A quote from the Dropbox website ‘Today, more than 45 million
people across every continent use Dropbox to always have their stuff at
The data is automatically updated as soon as it is used. The
real beauty of this system is that I can access any live data from
anywhere in the world. If I open a file and need to change
it, the new data is saved into Dropbox. I can also
recover a deleted file as needed.
The one down-side is that you do need an internet connection to make a
change, but you can work off-line on the copy stored locally on a pc or
laptop and any changes are uploaded when an internet connection is
I started with a 2GB trial free of charge then updated to 50GB for a
very reasonable price. There is a 100GB version and the top
tier gives you 1TB.
I know that I can recover all my data when I need
it. Back-up …..One more task that I don’t have to worry about.
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters
Limited an established independent management consultancy based in
Essex, UK which specialises in ISO27001 Information Security
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2012-03-08 13:07:30 in Computer Articles