There are two aspects to the safety of online backup:
- Will your data be available to you when you need it?
- Will your data be available to anyone else without your permission?
#2 is easier to answer than #1. The answer to #2 is that your data is secure only if it's encrypted at your end, with a password known only to you. Some online backup services work that way, some don't. You want one that uses open encryption standards, so you can recover the data without having to use black-box software.
You need local backups. What if internet is not available?
Security issues aside, internet backup is good if you travel
and need to access a backup and don't have your physical
backup media with you.
To be safe, don't backup anything on an internet server that
has a banking, credit card, or other financial account numbers
and especially Social Security numbers. Keep that stuff on multiple
IMO, there is no such thing as too many backups, especially
if you depend on your computer for business.
Murphy can show up anytime and show that you needed one
more backup than what you have.
According to me, what is far from you, does not belong to you anymore, on a certain way ! It can be safe, available 24/7, encrypted etc ...
I do not blindly trust those solutions : iCloud, Dropbox etc ... that's why i'm just using them for a very few number of information AND I always have copies on physical mediums of all my datas.
Mr Wozniak's opinion, for me, should be taken into account.
The question was: "Online Backup, is it SAFE?"
And the consensus of the answers given above is: NO, it isn't safe.
I agree with all of these posts, to which I would add: it's also expensive. You'll need to pay a regular supscription for the rest of your life, and this will of course increase all the time because you'll need more and more space, and as the cost of the subscription increases.
There's no way I would use the Cloud to store any personal stuff.
I do back up every night using Time Machine. But I'm saying for $5/month it's worth to have a BACK-UP OF A BACK UP, 'cuase as we all know, S - - T happens, and the place could be hit one day by angry Mother Nature...
...So I guess the lesson to learn is BE CAREFUL WHAT KIND OF FOLDER TO SEND TO ONLINE BACKUP.
I do back up every night using Time Machine. But I'm saying for $5/month it's worth to have a BACK-UP OF A BACK UP,
Do not "back up your back ups". Create redundant backups of your systems.
It seems you want to justify your decision to use a backup subscription service. In that case you already made up your mind and are seeking reassurance, not an answer to your question.
Reassurance that backups stored in a manner that you do not control are guaranteed to remain secure from loss or theft cannot be responsibly provided by anyone... unless the answer is "no".
I actually started backing up my HD, then suddenly it occured to me that with all the "stuff" going around with hacking that we read on a daily basis — maybe I should stop and think again, so I stopped the process and came here asking... But again, this is just another layer of security, for a "worse case scenario" and as long as it's as affordable as $5 a month (for 250 GB), and as long as I scrutinize WHAT I let the system back up (mostly clients' files, my collections of fonts and artwork, invoices to clients, etc), it's a prudent thing to do.
scrutinize WHAT I let the system back up (mostly clients' files, my collections of fonts and artwork, invoices to clients, etc), it's a prudent thing to do.
Just be prepared that some of your clients would not want their files or any other identifying information of theirs on an online server - as a client of yours, I would be rather upset if you did that without letting me opt out. You might want to keep that in mind.