Generally speaking, there have traditionally been two basic ways to backup your computer system. Let’s first begin by quickly discussing why it makes so much sense to devote the time, effort, and energy to making sure that all of the data on your computer system is regularly backed up. In truth, you probably already know the reason why. Our lives increasingly revolve around the computer. From pictures, to business, and everything else — we really have a lot of very important information that we keep on the computer. What happens if all of this information is somehow lost? It’s a nightmare that few of us ever really want to think about, let alone go through.

The first traditional backup option that has generally been used for years is to move the data that resides on your hard drive to either another hard drive that is external to your computer system or to some kind of memory device that is capable of storing your data. In years past, this might have been a floppy disk. Today, there is a very strong likelihood that it will be a memory stick. Incredibly, there are memory sticks on the market today that can store around 32 gigabytes of data. This is a staggering sum of data, to say the least.

While this sounds great in theory, what happens if your house happens to burn down? Odds are, your memory stick is probably somewhere in the rubble. This creates a situation in which it really doesn’t make much sense to keep your backup data in the same physical vicinity of your main computer system. Why? Just look at the example that we mentioned a moment ago. What if your entire house burns down? Worse yet, what if you happen to be traveling and you lose your memory stick? As you can imagine, this can be very problematic.

The second traditional backup option, believe it or not, was to simply transfer data that was located on your hard drive directly to some other computer system located in your home or office. Once again, you can probably see where the deficiency in this plan resides. It simply doesn’t make sense to exclusively backup all of your data to either an external hard drive or memory stick that will be in the physical vicinity of your main computer system. While the odds of your home burning down are low, there is still a variety of other risks that you will want to avoid by having your backups located in the same physical spot as your main computer system. So what’s the solution?

With the widespread adoption of broadband Internet service, a new type of backup system became a viable option. We are talking about an online backup system that pulls files from your computer and stores them safely in a geographically separate location. Best of all, you can access this location from anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection. That means you are free to sleep well at night knowing that all of your important data is backed up to a location that is not literally the same as that of your primary computer system.