Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Now that everything is moving to the cloud internet, you might think that data loss is a thing of the past. Sadly, as the past few months have taught us, this actually isn't true; we first had the Microsoft/Danger disaster, and now we have Palm and Sprint facing a class-action lawsuit over data loss for webOS phones. All this raises the question: how safe is it to store your precious data on the internet, and do you really trust the internet?
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Backups
by Delgarde on Thu 10th Dec 2009 00:01 UTC
Delgarde
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For a contradictory point of view, look at it this way - Google backs up the data stored on their servers. Most users *don't* backup the data on their personal machines, or if they do, it's to DVDs or an external hard disk sitting next to the machine. Safe from a hardware failure, but useless in the event of a disaster (a fire, say) that destroys originals and backups alike.

So for the average user, Google is a much safer place to store their data. Most users don't have redundant off-site backups, distributed across the world. Google does.

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