Free backup software can be an extremely useful tool for many small businesses and startups. Indeed, even large businesses make use of cloud storage services like Google Drive, and free backup platforms like DropBox or Microsoft One Drive.
However, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Free backup software usually involves a limited amount of storage space and functionality. After all, these backup providers are hoping you’ll upgrade to a paid plan once you’ve come to rely on their software. Another big issue is that cloud server companies like the ones we mentioned above – depending on how you manage them – aren’t technically backup solutions, but syncing solutions.
The problem with this is that if you accidentally delete a file or folder on your mobile device, you might be deleting it from all your devices. This isn’t a problem if you realise your mistake right away, but it’s a big problem if you don’t. Most free backup software clears your ‘trashed’ items from storage for good after a certain period of time – and then they’re gone forever. Privacy is another concern.
If you work with highly sensitive client information, making use of public storage platforms might not be an option. Don’t get us wrong – these storage options are great for personal files, photos and videos, etc. And for very small startups with limited capital, having a free backup system is infinitely better than having none at all. If your business can’t run without its data, however, then you need something more robust. If you’re in any doubt, rather give TechBrain a call, and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction!