We have invested a great deal of time, effort and expense as we collect and assemble our family history. How do we insure the digital devils will not destroy our efforts? Among the options for securing and preserving your hard earned information is online backup. This option is particularly attractive to those of us who use a desktop when we are at home but rely on a laptop, tablet or handheld devices when we travel to do research. Good online backup services allow easy synchronization between devices; but do they introduce other risks?
I have been a satisfied user of Dropbox. It automatically synchronizes any files in designated directories as soon as I save a new or revised version. As a result my desktop, online storage and laptop each have the latest version. However, are there better choices? Dick Eastman’s newsletter points us to a review article, "Syncing Cloud Storage Faceoff: Dropbox vs. the Alternatives by Melanie Pinola", that is well worth reading if you are interested in preserving and synchronizing your important data.