Plenty of us barely backup properly. Maybe we use a local hard drive. Maybe we use pieces of Internet storage in various sites, like Flickr for photos, etc. Many of us are looking forward to iCloud, perhaps.
As many know, Apple announced recently the forthcoming iCloud, a veritable reincarnation of MobileMe. Many might remember that not long after MobileMe kicked off, it basically “kicked out”, leaving more than a few frustrated customers.
Now plenty of people use MobileMe, but in recent years, several web-based applications (supported by pc and smartphone apps) have also been well-received. Evernote, Simplenote, Dropbox, to name a few, have offered free and upgraded services for syncing, not storage per se. Keyword: “syncing”…not “backup”.
Still, plenty of people rely on those services as quasi-backups, just in case.
In the article “Off-Site Backups”, Shawn nicely reviews what we should be doing, beyond syncing services, by talking about real backup services that fulfill the more robust need of protecting your system, or key parts of that system.
This is something that iCloud was never meant for, in case you imagined.
I know certain documents I’m working on are safely backed up, but I personally need to revisit my own backup plan.