I'm an anxious guy. I've always been. I unfortunatly live with the fear of forgetting about something, taking precautions before doing anything. I simply need to have everything under control.
Amongst my many fears, I have always felt the urge to do double, if not even, triple backups of everything for my peace of mind.
The war for the best Online storage service has recently escalated to a new level. Companies such as Microsoft have even started offering 100GB for free if you have a Dropbox account.
The competition is rough and the decision to choose the right cloud storage service is starting to get a bit complicated.
I don't want to share with you a compare chart based upona my online researches where I point out the differences between the various solutions.
I will simply describe to you my current online backup setting hoping that it could be somehow inspiring for you.
My setup relies upon the sinergy between 3 main services: Dropbox, Google Drive and Backblaze. Plus of course backing everything up on External Hard Drives.
But before getting in to details, let me answer a couple of things:
Why you should always have more than one Backup
You're backup will never be safe unless you have a solid backup strategy that relies on redundancy. I oblige to the backup rule of three, also known as the Backup 3-2-1 rule. What if your house burns down? What if Dropbox screws up for some reason your backup and you instantly loose a decade of pictures?
3 copies of anything you care about - Two isn't enough if it's important.
2 different formats - Example: Dropbox+DVDs or Hard Drive+Memory Stick or, as I do, Hard Drive+Backblaze, or more
1 off-site backup - If the house burns down, how will you get your memories back?
Why use three services?
It's because of the budget. I won't lie. It would be much easier to simply stick to Dropbox+Backblaze, however I think that in the present time Dropbox is far to expensive compared to the competion.
Why do I still use Dropbox if it's so expensive?
Because of it's almost perfect (and fast) camera roll upload functionality and due to the fact that many App I use daily sync trough dropbox. Another main reason why I use Dropbox is the fact that in time I gained up 20GB for free by inviting people to join Dropbox. Very convenient.
Probably I will switch completly to iCloud Drive as soon as I'm able to fully test the Photos app since it looks really promising and I can sync all of my App settings trough iCloud too.
I can't deny that I also make use of Flickr for an extra backup solution limited only to photos. I use a IFTTT recipe to auto-upload My Camera Roll folder from dropbox to Flickr.
Why don't you rely only on Google Drive?
Because of the file ownership policies.
"Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps)."
This sentence doesn't clearly define the final scope.
Dropbox: is mainly used for Camera uploads and syncing App settings, as fore-mentioned, I’m waiting to fully test the Photos App of iCloud Drive when it will be officially released.
Google Drive/Creative Cloud: I use Google Drive to have a shared reference folder and for when I need to collaborate on documents or projects with teams that don’t use or have Creative Cloud(that offer 100GB if you're subscribed).
Backblaze: After much research, this service is the easiest and most affordable way to backup files to an off-site cloud server. For only 50$ a year it does a complete backup of my hard drive and my external USB disks. No weird settings to play around with, just register, download the app and start syncing all of your hard drive. Is it secure? Yes, the files that are backed up on Backblaze are more secure than the files you have in Dropbox thanks to data encryption.
If you loose your computer or you need to restore it you can simply reinstall the app and conveniently restore your data in 3 simple ways: downloading a zip file, making the company send you a USB drive or a USB flash drive.
Backing up files has never been so easy and affordable. I think that memories(and documents) are worth less than 5$ a month. So why not reach the peace of mind and starting setting up your own personal Backup in the cloud?