This is a fun topic for once! Normally, when I talk about backing up files, I’m struggling to think of the best of the bad alternatives. CDs and DVDs are a pain but cheap and easy to store offsite. External hard drives are easier but not cheap and most of us don’t want to scatter them around for offsite backups. So what do most of us do? Nothing! And that works really well until it doesn’t and when it doesn’t . . . well, that’s bad. How many of you have laughed at me when you called to ask me why your computer isn’t working anymore and I asked how long ago you backed up? Lots of you! And yes, it happened again this week and that’s what reminded me to write this article.
So why is it fun this time? Dropbox is new service that makes backing up offsite a lot easier. It’s actually that “cloud solution” sort of thing you keep hearing about.