Whether you use your computer for work, school, or personal reasons, you need to back up your files. You can do this with an external hard drive if you like, but a lot of people prefer storing their files on the web. You have to be careful about where you store your files in case they become vulnerable to hackers in the future. These free and cheap ways to back up your computer files online are safe, secure, and extremely easy to use.
DropBox is a simple website that allows you to store and share files on the internet. You can sign up for a free account that will let you store up to 2GB of files, or you could upgrade your account for $9.99 a month and get 1TB of storage space. DropBox is a great file backup option because you can access it from anywhere and you can download a desktop icon that allows you to drag and drop files for upload without logging in online.
Google Drive is another great place to store documents, pictures, videos, and more. You will need a Google account to use this, but it is free and easy to set up. Just log into Google Drive and then look for an upload option in the upper left corner (they keep changing the name and look of it). Select the files you want to upload and let Drive go to work for you. This option used to be called Google Docs, if you are familiar with that term instead. If you have ever tried sending an email in Gmail with an attachment that was too large, they probably asked you to store the file in Drive. You’ll see it in your list when you log in.
If you’re a Mac user, you can use iCloud much like the other programs mentioned above. Sign into your iCloud account, click on the option that says iWork, and then upload the files you want to back up. In many cases, your files will automatically sync with your iCloud account. Remember the big celebrity nude photo leak that happened earlier this year? That was the result of files that were automatically backed up on iCloud. Be careful what you save!
Worse comes to worse, email yourself the files and keep a folder in your email account for “Computer Stuff.” This won’t be nearly as convenient as the options above, but it’s better than nothing. Back up your important files before you lose them, and you won’t have to worry about recreating something from your computer.