Perhaps you are thinking of making backup copies of your files, but you are not sure whether to do them in the cloud or locally. You would like to be more clear about which option will give you more security and protection since first of all, you want to have the possibility of recovering your data in case of any problem. Cloud backup made easy and automatic, for the best services try Save On IT affordable Off-site Cloud Backup.

In this post we are going to try to analyze this issue: is it better to make backup copies locally, or in the cloud? The truth is that there is no single answer and everything will ultimately depend on what you value the most. But we will try to explain the subject in this article.

When we talk about making backup copies locally, it means that we are going to have the backup copies of the files we want within our computer infrastructure.

That is, you can have a computer network in your company and store your backup copies on each of the computers. You can have those backup copies shared so they can be accessed from any computer, as long as it is turned on.

The main advantage of making backup copies locally is that you don't need to hire any SaaS-type service to keep your backups in the cloud. It represents an economic saving but has some disadvantages.

Also, the availability of backups is absolute since you do not need to connect to an external service. You do not depend on the Internet connection to access them.

If you keep your backup copies on your computer, as you can imagine, several things can happen.

1. That your computer is rendered useless due to malware that you have not been able to eliminate and you have to format the hard disk. If the backups are inside your computer, you would also lose them.
2. Another disadvantage of making backup copies locally is that, even if you have them in a shared folder, if the security of your network is affected, all computers can suffer the consequences.

On the other hand, if you need to access your backups from a mobile device or tablet, you won't be able to do it easily. The computers on which they are stored should be permanently numbered to access them.

The main advantage of making backup copies in the cloud is precisely that it is an external service. We are talking about servers that are probably located miles and miles apart.

Although you do not have direct access to them, nor can you configure their characteristics and security conditions, you have the advantage of being able to access your copies at any time.

On the other hand, it is true that when making backup copies in the cloud you depend on the availability of the server to be able to access your backup copies. However, if a virus infects your computer, your backup copies would be safe on other servers in case you had to format.

Let's suppose that, even having the backups in the cloud, the cracker that has entered your computer gets all your passwords. Including those of the server where you have your backup copies hosted. You run the risk of losing them, right?

In this sense, the problem is not the fact of having the backups in the cloud, or locally. The really important thing is that these backup copies are encrypted so that the cracker finds it difficult to access their contents.

On the other hand, you also have to understand that backup copies do not exempt you from making an effort to control the security level of your computer. In other words, restoring backup copies is always going to be a tedious task and a waste of time. It should be understood as a last resort. For example, when you are going to format your computer, or when a virus has entered your computer.

Try to avoid in any case that any computer virus can enter your computer. Don't bet everything on backups. Look for, for example, that your operating system has a good antivirus and a good firewall that keeps you safe from the action of cybercriminals.

Also, try to follow the most recommended guidelines to surf the Internet safely. Take precautions to avoid malware infection and avoid using P2P networks to download files for greater security of your computer.
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Author's Bio: 

Both cloud and local backup serve the same function of data management which is vital to every organization.