Data Backup for Your Personal Devices

If you've been following our webinars and our blog posts, you should by now have a much better understanding of how to:

Next in this series, let’s talk about backing up your personal devices to the cloud.

When it comes to securing your work information, we always mention OneDrive or SharePoint to implement cloud backups for businesses. These services are great for the secure storage of all company files from which staff members can easily access documents according to policies and permissions.

But there isn't much straightforward information available about the easiest and safest options for backing up your personal device.

Let’s say your cellphone or tablet gets stolen today - are you 100% confident that you will be able to retrieve all your information such as photos and contact numbers?

Let’s look at some options that will allow us to sync and backup our personal devices.

  1. Apple iCloud

  2. Google Drive

  3. Microsoft OneDrive

All 3 of these services will give us the same basic features for absolutely free such as back up not only for contacts and pictures, but will also allow you to sync your calendar and access your documents from any of your devices.

Making use of these features on your devices mean that all of your documents, photos contacts and more are all accessible from an app or even from your internet browser, allowing easy and safe access even if you've lost a device. It allows you to easily upgrade or switch devices without needing a desktop or laptop to move across your information.

Apple iCloud

When you purchase an iPhone, iPad or Macbook, iCloud comes standard. You get 5GB free, and you can scale up to 50GB for just R14.99 per month.

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Google Drive

Unlike the others, Google gives you 15GB for free, with the next tier up at R29 per month for 100GB.

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Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is a great choice for enterprise-grade security.

On the OneDrive Basic free plan you get 5GB Storage, or pay R29 per month for 100GB - which should be more than enough to store all your photos and personal documents.

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Personally, I make use of the Google Suite. Not only does it allow me to backup my entire device; I am also able to track and lock the device rendering it useless to the thief.

This is perfect for me as an Android user, but those who use iPhone/iPad will be able to get the same functionality with iCloud.

This is just another way to add to your arsenal of digital security at a minimal cost.