Every day the myriad of extra advantages that come from backing up your data online are becoming more and more well-known by both businesses and individuals. Indeed, besides just protecting you and your company from data loss of all types, online backup also brings about easier file sharing, convenient cloud computing and increased mobile data availability. But, what about protecting your computer itself from something like theft? Surely that is only the purview of the insurance companies, right? Well, we here at KineticD recently had an experience that broadened OUR minds about how many different advantages backing up online can offer.

Recently, one of our customers named Joanne called us up and told us that her laptop had unfortunately been stolen and she was hoping to get her data back from us by using a different computer. However, the folks in our customer service department had a better idea. You see, one of the major advantages of using KineticD to back up your valuable data is the fact that, once you have installed our software on your computer, you get to enjoy the stress-free convenience of our patented Continuous Backup?? system that makes it so you never have to think about scheduling backups again. Any time a file is changed it is automatically backed up to our servers, creating an up-to-the-minute, fool-proof data backup system.

How KineticD Helped a Client Retrieve her Stolen Laptop

Well, it turns out that Continuous Backup could protect our clients even more than we had originally thought possible. After verifying Joanne’s identity, we then searched for her computer on our systems to find out when it had last performed any sort of backup. Sure enough, we saw that the computer had indeed automatically backed itself up from somewhere since it had been stolen from her. From there we determined the IP address that had been used, passed that information on to the Toronto police, who in turn found the location of the IP address and actually got the laptop back!

Needless to say, Joanne was very pleased about this. After all, while she had wisely trusted her data to us here at KineticD, she had no idea that we could also potentially help her retrieve her computer if stolen. Sometime after the incident she emailed us, saying; “thank you so much for your prompt response(s) on this, and for quickly escalating it up to your supervisor who took action. My stolen laptop was returned to me by the police last night. It’s a little the worse for wear appearance-wise, but because of the timeliness of KineticD’s actions, there is still a lot of my data on it. Again, thank you, and please pass on my thanks to your supervisor Jamaal, Tim and anyone else who assisted.”

So, there you have it. By making the responsible decision to back up her data online with KineticD, Joanne was not only able to reclaim all of her backed up data, but also to received her actual laptop back, demonstrating yet another way that taking advantage of our online backup service ensures that you are as safe and protected as possible from any type of data loss disaster the world may throw your way. Why not try our free 14-day trial today and see what you think for yourself?

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Of the many internet trends that have come about over the past ten years or so, Facebook seems like it is going to stick around, at least for a while. After all, never has a social networking site sunk its teeth so deeply into the consciousness of general society, working its way into almost all aspects of most people’s lives. However, like so many other new technologies, it is important to take note of Facebook’s limitations along with enjoying its strengths, and one of Facebook’s biggest hidden dangers is its users’ tendency to trust the site to safely and securely store their photos online.

Why not use Facebook to store and backup your photos? Well, the first reason is one of simple preservation. Unlike other specialized data storage houses and online backup service companies, Facebook makes no promise that it will keep your data on its servers for any specific length of time. In fact, they clearly state in their terms of service that “you use it [the site] at your own risk”, making no guarantee that they will keep your photos safe at all. In addition to this, Facebook reserves the right to remove your photos and correspondences permanently from its system if they believe that you have violated their terms of service in any way. Unfortunately, they could elect to do this for any number of reasons, including if someone hacked your account and started posting material that got their attention, which is not an unheard of phenomenon in any way.

Don't Use Facebook as Your Online Photo Album!

Alas, the reasons not to trust Facebook with storing your photographs do not end there. Indeed, beyond Facebook’s ability to erase your photos at any time, there is also the fact that once you have posted ANY content to Facebook it is no longer exclusively your content at all! Facebook openly explains in its terms of service that they maintain access to any and all content you post to their site, claiming “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (‘IP License’).” This is especially important if you are an artist or photographer who is considering using Facebook to advertise and sell your photos online – once you post them to Facebook, they won’t be yours anymore!

Some might point out that once you delete a photo from Facebook’s servers the license and control that they reserve over your material technically ends. However, Facebook could still have copied or chosen to do something with your photos while they were still on their site (which they, at the time, had the perfect right to do), leaving you no way to know whether or not your photos have been permanently deleted from their servers. In addition to this, there is the fact that simply deleting something off of a social networking site doesn’t mean that a copy doesn’t exist somewhere else on a backup server for an unknown amount of time, leaving your photos even more vulnerable to theft and unauthorized usage! Plus, one of the main advantages to Facebook is a user’s ability to share content with other users – who’s to say which friends have already passed around copies of your photos?

Of course, as mentioned before, the popularity of Facebook does not appear to be waning any time soon, so, for all intents and purposes, one can assume that it will be in existence for some time to come. However, we must keep in mind that trends in business and culture often take unexpected twists and turns. What if another social networking site comes along and eclipses the popularity that Facebook is currently enjoying? What if there is a scandal or another social controversy that renders Facebook far less popular than it is now? Not only could you stand to have to download and/or re-post all of your photos to another site if Facebook falls out of favor (remember MySpace?), but you could also end up losing all your photos forever if the site were to simply shut down, which Facebook reserves the right to do for any reason that they may see fit!

So, there you have it. Relying on Facebook as anything other than what it is – a social networking site – is a fool-hearty and shortsighted thing to do. Yes, Facebook is convenient and currently very popular, and thus the lure to use it as your online photo album can be extremely tempting. However, for all the reasons stated above, you would be wise to take the long view and find a reputable online backup service provider to store and maintain the safety of your photos if you do indeed want to make the best effort to back them up them online.

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With the majority of computer users “being” PCs, if you will, one might wonder just how many online backup options there are out there for the users of Macintosh computers. Well, the answer is simple: plenty! In fact, there are so many different providers of online backup services for Macs that it can often seem overwhelming trying to choose which one to go with. However, if you have a basic understanding of what you are looking for in an online backup service provider in the first place, the process of choosing will be a much easier one indeed.

When it comes to backing up your Mac online, the first thing that you will almost always have to do, no matter what online backup company you choose, is to download a very lightweight bit of software called a “client” that will allow your Macintosh to interface with the online backup company’s servers. Once installed, the client will analyze the files and file structure of your computer so as to facilitate this synchronization of your machine and the online backup company’s hard drives, using wizards to walk you through the process of configuring your backup preferences, such as if you would prefer to always automatically back up any file that changes or would rather that backups only happen at scheduled intervals.

Backing Up Your Mac Online

Once fully dialed in, the online backup service provider’s copy of your data is seen as being contained on just another hard drive on your system. In fact, you will usually be able to drag and drop files to and from this “virtual” hard drive as you would with any other device that is plugged into, or indeed part of, your Mac. In addition to this you’ll get other perks too, like the ability to have others whom you see fit interface with selected files stored on the online backup service provider’s servers, creating a new vista of possibilities in regards to file sharing and collaborations with others in the cloud. Also, another standard feature usually provided to those backing up their Macs online is the ability to have multiple past versions of files that are automatically stored for a certain length of time, a practice called “file versioning”, in case the current version is damaged or corrupted in any way.

So, how much is all of this going to cost you? Well, when it comes to the world of online backup, pricing can vary widely, with some online backup companies even boasting free online backup services. Indeed, just like with PCs, quite a few online backup companies offer very limited free services for their Macintosh-using customers, with Apple itself actually automatically extending a very small amount of online backup storage space to anyone who has purchased a Mac. However, the problem with these free accounts is that they are all extremely limited in regards to storage space and features, and if you manage to find one that appears to be more fully fleshed out when it comes to these aspects, chances are you will soon discover that they are simply temporary trial versions of the company’s paid subscription services.

Having said that, the pricing plans for high quality, consumer-grade online backup services for Macintosh computers are usually relatively simple, with the majority of these companies offering their basic online backup services at a flat rate, with the option to get more advanced features or storage space readily available at a higher price. While usually being the best way to go for the individual Mac user, if you are looking for online backup solutions for a small to medium-sized business it is important to keep in mind that many of these online backup plans may not have many of the features that you are going to need (such as the ability to back up an office worth of computers with one account at an affordable price, etc.).

Of course, people and businesses alike often end up choosing Macintosh computers because they are considered to be less susceptible to viruses. So, how secure is online data backup for Macs? Well, just as with PCs, the security of backing up online is entirely dictated by the level of security implemented by the online backup service provider in question, the most important element being the quality of data encryption that is used. This applies to both the files that are stored on the backup provider’s hard drives and for files that are in transfer between your computer and the backup servers, which is one of the most vulnerable times when it comes to the safety and security of your data.

The average encryption rate used by most online backup companies is 128 to 256 bit. However, we here at KineticD are proud to offer our 448 bit bank grade encryption, a level of encryption that has never been cracked by anyone, to all of our customers, Macs and PCs alike. In addition to this, we also provide to all of our clients a full host of advanced features, like our patented Continuous Backup system and remote desktop access, as well as a convenient, “pay-as-you-grow” pricing structure when it comes to the amount of data you need backed up. Visit our website today for more details and to find out why KineticD is the wisest choice when it comes to backing up your Mac online.

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With all the ease and numerous new conveniences that have been brought about in our increasingly digitized era, it is easy to forget that there can be consequences to the constantly expanding amounts of data that we are creating. With many of us spending much of our days sending email after email, texting endlessly to our friends and repeatedly updating our status on Facebook, hardly any of us ever take the time to think about how all of this data is going to end up impacting our personal futures or, more importantly, the environment.

Avoid the Impending Digital Pile up!

Indeed, as we all continue to add to this “digital pile up” most of us have no idea how or where all this data is being stored, usually assuming that our growing online storage accounts are all just floating out there “in the cloud” somewhere. However, the reality of the situation is that as we continue to add to the amount of land that data storage houses and server farms must physically occupy we are in turn serving to add to the problem of the increasing over development of our fragile planet earth. In addition to this, the need for more servers to store all of this data requires the consumption of more electricity in order to keep them running, bringing about even more harm to the environment.

Now, some of you reading this might think that, due to the unstoppable nature of the increasing digitization of almost all forms of modern communication, worrying about an overabundance of data and the impacts that it may bring about is an exercise in futility. After all, this data is of vital importance and thus must continue to exist, regardless of any ill effects it may or may not bring about, in order for commerce, and indeed society itself, to continue functioning. However, what most people don’t realize is that a staggering seventy-five percent of all consumer data contained in data storage houses is useless duplicate information that need not exist at all in the first place! So, in other words, an increase in efficiency and conservation when it comes to the amount that we are adding to this expanding data pile could easily help potentially solve (or at least lessen the effects of) this impending situation!

Others might be assuming that this problem is the sole fault of the big businesses, which of course, at least on the surface, is an understandable conclusion to reach. In addition to this you might be wondering what just one person can do to really cut down on the amount of data we are creating in the world. Well, you might find it interesting to know that seventy percent of all the data stored out there in “the cloud” is in fact the data of individual users, with this data estimated to be around 1.2 zettabytes (a zettabyte equals one billion terabytes). This is certainly a shocking figure, with experts projecting that the amount of data created by consumers will be expanding by forty-four times over the next ten years!

And, the disasters that this data pile up could eventually bring about don’t stop with its effect on the environment. As businesses continue to create more and more data they are unfortunately putting themselves increasingly at risk for losing all the value that all this data represents in the first place. With data storage amounts continuing to grow, the cluttered mass of data that businesses are building up, much of it being redundant, is going to eventually become harder and harder to sort through. Anyone who is familiar with the critical nature of digital information knows that if you can’t find a file then it might as well not exist in the first place! For this reason, if businesses everywhere do not put at least some amount of energy into organizing their data and deleting that which is not important, there could indeed be a heavy price for them to pay in the near future.

So, in summary, much like global warming, avoiding the big digital pile up is not going to be easy. Sorting, de-duplicating and archiving inactive data all take time. However, as awareness over this issue is hopefully raised over the next couple of years, there will be steps that everyone can take to cut down on the amount of redundant and unnecessary data creation that we participate in, which will not only help our planet, but serve to streamline our businesses as well.

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Regardless of the fact that the benefits of using online data backup are becoming more and more commonly understood every day, many consumer-level computer users are still continuing to back up their systems to external devices, leaving them vulnerable to natural disasters, theft, human error and the potential failure of the devices that they are backing up to in the first place. The question is, with online data backup so affordable and convenient, why are these people continuing to backup the old fashioned way? Could it be that their data is not important enough to them to thoroughly think this issue through?

However, when it comes to safeguarding the data stored on company databases, the switch to online backup has been much more rapid indeed. This is primarily due to the fact that if you have a whole company relying on the safety of the information stored in a database, you are certainly going to be sure to stay as informed as possible about the most secure and efficient backup methods available. In addition to this, while the large amounts of data commonly contained in company databases have in the past taken relatively long amounts of time to back up online, increased Internet speeds and more efficient methods of incremental backup have made the process much faster, and thus even more popular.

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Backing Up Your Company’s Database Online

So, how exactly does one go about backing up a database online? The first major step is configuring the database itself to be as ready as possible for backup using the tools already made available by the data base management system, which is the software that powers the database in the first place. This will save you valuable time during the online backup process. In this procedure, the data in the database is usually extracted into a more coherent form in order to be organized into folders that will be ready for transfer to the online backup provider’s servers. During this process, “live” or commonly used files, and files that haven’t been accessed for some time are often split up, due to the fact that the most efficient method in which these two types of data will be backed up should be different, with time being saved by utilizing a simpler method for the less commonly used files. Then, the Metadata for the files are also extracted and saved into separate folders in preparation for transfer to the online backup company’s servers.

Timing is also a crucial factor when attempting to perform a thorough, successful backup of any database. The person in charge of the database should analyze when it is usually at its lowest level of activity in order to minimize the number of files that will be live at that time. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the company using the database, some people find themselves in the position where there is no real ideal downtime in which to perform the data backup transfer. If this is the case, an entirely incremental method, in which the database is always being backed up as files change, is usually the best way to go.

Another issue that must be analyzed is the amount of disc space that will be required on the online backup company’s servers in order to fully backup the database. When doing this, it is important to keep in mind that the quantity of information that a database actually contains is usually much smaller than the size of the database itself, due to the fact that empty spaces usually exist throughout databases. Exactly how much empty space a database contains can generally be easily ascertained by entering a few simple commands into the database management system. After having performed this activity, it will then become time to schedule when the backups will occur, and finally, once you have performed the backup of the database, it is also imperative that you occasionally download files that you have backed up from your online service provider in order to make sure that they are indeed doing their job by properly storing and protecting your data.

We here at KineticD are proud to have one of the most advanced and efficient systems around when it comes to backing up databases. Our patented Continuous Backup system will effectively render many of the above steps fully automated, and we also use advanced data backup methods that will treat your database as one file, further simplifying the process of online database backup. To learn more about this and all our other online data backup services, please visit https://kineticd.com/ today.

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