If you’re paranoid about other people (read: your competition or business rivals) somehow getting to the sensitive data you back up online, here are ways to keep your secrets secret without using the Web [Read about the top Web activities of Filipinos here] :
1.Use offline backup
According to wisegeek.com, offline backup is a way to store files from a network (for example, your company network) so the files will be accessible even when the user is not connected to the network they are stored on.
Telecommuters with laptops or mobile devices often use this because they are not always hooked up to the network they usually access files from. [Read about the latest consumer trends on mobile commerce here]
It is also used as a safety precaution because the data in offline backup is not available for updating, ensuring that a copy of a crucial file remains untouched—but still easily referenced—at the time it is saved or copied offline.
This type of backup usually comes in downloadable software, and users of Microsoft Windows 2000 and newer versions of the operating system can use offline folders to backup files online. Its only drawback is that it takes time to store the information needed. [Read about the latest features of Microsoft Office 2010 here]
2. Use magnetic storage or flash memory
That’s techie-speak for using more hard disks or floppy disks, which are classified as magnetic storage, or flash memory such as USB drives and memory cards.
Floppy disks, of course, are going the way of the dinosaur and can’t hold much information beyond several short office documents.
But a typical hard drive nowadays holds about 120 gigabytes of information—and some hard drives have as much as 500 gigs of memory available. USB drives with capacity of up to 64 GB are also out in the market now. [Read Filipino businesses becoming Web savvy here]
3. Use optical storage media
This usually refers to optical discs such as CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs or BluRay compact discs that are permanent (or read-only), formed once (write-once; that is, once the data is written on the disc, it cannot be altered or overwritten) or reversible (usually called rewritable; data can be read, written and rewritten several times).
Rewritable media on the high-definition DVD (HD DVD) or BluRay format is usually the most expensive, and requires a dedicated optical drive to read such discs.