What Is Online Backup?

We've all known the panic induced by seeing a computer file zapped before our eyes, or losing the external hard drive we've been carrying about. And where did that thumb drive disappear to that you were using to store files?

No matter what you're working on - a department budget, your first novel, your tax return - you need a better system of guaranteeing that your files will stay safe.
Computer users have many options when it comes to making copies of their data and files. Offline options include additional computer hard drives, external hard drives, CDs, DVDs and more. These all work fine most of the time for backing up files in case of computer failure. The main problem with these types of backups is that they share the same physical location as the original files. In a disaster such as a fire or theft, for example, the backups and originals have the same chances of being destroyed or stolen.

That's where online backup comes in. Your data is sent via the Internet to an offsite server, and the files are encrypted during the transfer for safety.
Online backup has enormous implications for business and personal use. Any company office that doesn't have online backup and is caught in a disaster like a tornado or hurricane faces almost insurmountable obstacles when rebuilding their database. It's the same at home with personal files that contain legal documents, tax returns, videos, or photos.

Yet despite the obvious advantages of having online backup, surprisingly few people use it. A 2012 survey found that just 10% of computers are backed up daily. Over the next several years, though, that's likely to change as users become more aware of the different backup services being offered.

Like everything else, of course, online backup has a few drawbacks. Depending on the number of files you're sending to your backup service, the initial loading of your data can take a long time - even up to a week - if you've got hundreds of legal or business documents. Research shows Stronghold has the fastest upload speeds compared to competitors Carbonite and Mozy. Once everything's uploaded, though, it takes much less time - say, up to half an hour - to access the files and get them sent back to your computer, or another one, in case you've lost them.

How Does Online Backup Work?

With Stronghold you can get your online backup running with a few simple steps.

Step 1 - Create an Account

The first thing you have to do is to create an account using an email and password. This will

Step 2 - Download Stronghold

In order to securely encrypt and store the files on your computer you'll need to download the Stronghold software. With this software you can set up your backup, schedule it and in case of emergency restore your data from within it.

Step 3 - Install & Run Stronghold

Once the software is saved to your computer you'll need to double click the file to install and run it.

Step 4 - Setup, Customize, Schedule Your Backups

Once Stronghold is up and running you'll need to login using your email and password. Once inside it is extremely easy to setup your backup process. You can use the default settings or customize the backup schedule to run whenever you'd like and select specific files. Just follow the simple steps within our Stronghold setup wizard and you'll be protected in no time.

Step 5 - Let the Backup Run

Your first online backup may take a significant amount of time if you have a large amount of files on your computer. The speed of your Internet connection will also play a role in the speed of your online backup. You need to let the backup process run completely in order to ensure full protection of your files.

Step 6 - When Disaster Strikes, Restore Files with Confidence

Your toddler spills a drink on your laptop. A flood destroys your office. Your hard drive crashes. You lose your laptop on a business trip. Whatever the cause, the day has come and your data is now gone. The great part? You're completely protected because you were smart enough to backup your files with Stronghold! Simply login to your account and follow the wizard to restore your files to your local computer.