When we come across people discussing either about cloud-based backup provisions or data backup in broad-spectrum, there are always a lot of misconceptions. Here, we are talking specifically about uploading mission-critical files onto "the cloud". People usually don't know the implications or they think that they already have enough knowledge about the same.

Cloud-based backup provisions take too long to store data and it is too expensive and highly unscrupulous are some of the figment of imagination that are out there.

Through this article we would like to dispel the myths that we have encountered about cloud-based online backup. Some the most common myths about cloud-based online backup are as mentioned below:

  -Myth 1: Cloud backup isn't that secure and failsafe: This misconception has stemmed from the feeling of insecurity in storing one's personal and highly sensitive data on a third party infrastructure. We usually think that having total control over the space where we store our data is a much safer option. This apprehension is actually legitimate in a way. If you are running a business, then it is natural to be apprehensive about the security of your data. What if someone hacks your highly sensitive data? What if your competitor manages to get through your trade secrets? These are the concerns which a business can have in relation to cloud backup. But, do you really think that your external hard drive or NAS attached to your computer are safe? By all means No!

There are many cloud backup companies in market with well-equipped and highly sophisticated infrastructure and security provisions. They are undeniably maintaining very high standards in terms of security. We completely understand that you have viable reasons to worry if you are using backup services from an uncertified company without any reliable background or reputed clients. But, when you are taking up services from a cloud backup provider that serves thousands of other businesses and is a certified company, then you don't actually have to worry about the security of your data. Plus, you can always get your data encrypted before backing up too.

  -Myth 2: Cloud backup is overly priced in comparison to others: This apprehension can be said to be true long back specifically during the time when online remote backup was only available to businesses with deep pockets. Storage prices have descended rapidly to a great extent and are expected to reduce further in the times coming ahead, which will definitely make online storage much more affordable for all of us. Any further doubts in the same concern can be assuaged, if you consider the situation of losing your data and think of how much money you would have to expend to recover lost data. Comparatively, cloud backup is not that expensive at all as we assume it to be.

 -Myth 3: Traditional backup provision is better than cloud-based backup: Are you aware of the fact that your external hard drive do tend to die or can get damaged due to unexpected accidents? A coffee spill or an inadvertent dropping onto the floor are simple examples of the unexpected accidents. And, what if you get hit by a natural calamity or something else like a fire outbreak or burglary? Most likely, your local backup drives will have to bear the repercussions of these unwarranted events too.

Here comes the cloud-based backup provision as a rescuer. Having another supplementary backup safely stored at remote location will definitely reduce the chances of data loss.

  -Myth 4: Cloud-based backup takes long to store data: Yes, it is true that online backup does take long time to store your data compared to the traditional ways. But, here we would like to dispel this misconception by saying that speed of backing up your files really depends on the bandwidth speed. For individuals who still surf the web through a dial-up modem, online backup will be a hard nut to crack. Fortunately, broadband Internet connections are getting more and more common, which has resolved the problem of slow uploading of the data.

In the bottom line: experience a sense of ease and expediency in backup, monitoring and data restoration by embracing the cloud technology.