Why Having the Cloud or Other Off-Site Storage is a Must

Photo by Gayle Martin.

It’s happened to me twice now. That oh so sickening feeling of going to open a file, only to discover it’s vanished.

Computers are mysterious creatures. I jokingly tell people they’re black magic and voodoo. But sometimes I wonder if there could be some truth to this. Both times this happened was after I’d saved the files and shut down my computer properly. Obviously, files can be lost or hopelessly corrupted, even when you’ve done nothing wrong. This is why I have off site storage.

Off site storage, sometimes called, the cloud, is just that. Your files are backed up to a third party server. So, heaven forbid, your computer gets lost or stolen, or an important file gets lost or damaged, you can easily download a backup. Some people may worry about privacy. That’s a legitimate concern. However, any reliable off site storage company will encrypt your files. 

What I use

I use Carbonite. It costs a little over $50 per year, and it’s money well spent. It runs in the background and automatically backs up my files. And, when I had to use it, I found it very easy. The first time was to recover missing a Word file. I got all but the last two paragraphs back. More recently, I had to recover an InDesign file that mysteriously vanished. Carbonite downloaded it completely intact.

Some people tell me they don’t need off site storage as they manually backup their files to a flash drive. That’s fine, as long as you remember to do so everyday. However, Murphy’s Laws are what they are. So with my luck, the day a file corrupts or completely disappears will be the same day I forgot to do a back up.

Stuff happens, and it can happen to you. Carbonite has saved my rear-end. Not once, but twice. I’m now a customer for life.