Backing up data online is one of those things that may not seem all that important until it is actually needed. There are few things more terrifying for a computer user than suddenly losing all their data, either due to loss of a computer or due to a malfunction. The more important the data, the more important it is to have copies of it secure in the event of an emergency. Having important files backed up online is also a great convenience when upgrading a computer as it eliminates the chore of transferring files manually using thumb drives or other storage media. The user will simply connect their new computer to the backup service and download their data. So which service do the online backup reviews say is best? The services below come highly recommended by one of the oldest and most respected authorities on technology, CNET.

IDrive

The main thing users like about an online backup service is simplicity and user-friendliness. Backing up data should not require a lot of effort and concentration. IDrivedelivers on the user-friendliness by having a desktop client with an interface that is intuitive and appealing to the eye. The service is not only simple to use, it is secure as well as the data is sent to the cloud via a connection that uses SSL and stored using AES encryption. The IDrive software is Windows only at present but they offer 2 GB of space free to users trying out the service.

Cloudberry Explorer

This Windows-only software uses Amazon’s S3 and Windows Azure Cloud services to store information. The storage space shows up as a virtual disk on the computer after Cloudberry explorer is installed. The Amazon brand name comes with a reputation for reliability and trustworthiness, while Windows Azure cloud has Microsoft’s widely trusted brand behind it. Information stored with the service therefore has a couple of multi-billion dollar companies to support it. Cloudberry Explorer serves as a front end for the service, meaning that it will upload and store data with Amazon, which means that users will need to have an S3 account to use the service.

4Sync

This service will not only store data in the cloud, it will also sync it across multiple devices so that the user will be able to access the same data via their smartphones as well as on a variety of other devices. They simply store their files in their 4Sync folder and it will automatically transfer it to all their devices that have an Internet connection. Users of this service get a whopping 15 GB of storage space free.