The fact that you’ve reached this buying guide means you’ve already completed the most important step; you’ve realized that you should get an online backup service! There are many great online backup companies out there that have received rave reviews and ratings by our editors and users, but each provider has a unique set of features and approach meaning there is one solution that will suit your needs and wishes the most. We’ll help you figure out which features you need in your online backup service, which companies fit your profile and how to get the best possible deal on your account in five steps.
1. Discover Your Needs and Wishes
If you’re new to online backup services and aren’t too tech savvy, you can get a crash course on this matter through the various explanatory articles, FAQ's and other information you find across our site. Familiarize yourself with the topic, and discover the possibilities with online backup solutions through our easy to understand articles. When you come across terms that you don’t know yet, you can look through our glossary that explains anything from file syncing to incremental backups and geo-redundant storage. Before you know it, you’ll be a well-informed and picky online backup shopper ready to discover the best solution out there!
2. Select a Handful of Providers
When you have an idea of what you’re looking for, you’re all set to start discovering the cloud backup services that fit your needs. Our comparison chart is a perfect place to see which providers have the features you would like your backup solution to have. It lets you see which of the companies feature file versioning for instance, whether they support Mac and boast mobile applications so you can backup your smartphone or tablet as well. The companies are ranked according to their ratings given by our editors and our site’s visitors, so you can easily compare all the best providers with each other and select two or three providers that fit the picture.
3. Read Reviews by Editors and Users
When you have your eye on a few companies, you can get to know their online backup service better by going through our reviews for these companies. Our team of avid cloud experts and fans research and test the various online backup services and their software, and share their findings in our editor reviews. We present you with detailed information on what the backup process is like, how the software can be installed, along with details on noteworthy features and services. They’re also the best place to look for the pricing of the different backup plans available with a company.
Our overviews with the pros and cons of each solution combined with a conclusion will aid you in determining if a solution is right for you. You can also check in on the different available features again through the full feature overview included with every review. Our editors also give 5-star ratings to every important aspect of a cloud backup service. The backup service and features itself, the available software, the ease of use in general as well as the security, pricing and customer service are all being given grades with an overall score to top it off.
All of our site’s visitors can send in a user review with ratings for the different online backup services on our site. These customer reviews will give you further insights into the quality of the customer care team of a company, and may include great tips on how you can get the most out of a particular backup solution.
4. Get a Trial Account
After going through our editor and user reviews, you should be able to drill your list of suitable backup services down to one or two providers. At this point you should get a trial account or free account with one or both of them to find out for yourself which of these you prefer. Our comparison chart gives an indication of which companies offer test accounts, and there’s also our dedicated free trials page that has the various trial offers listed on one page. Typically, a trial account will allow you to download the backup software for your computer and offer a small amount of storage space that you can use to give things a try during a limited time.
Take your time to explore the various features and settings, give the mobile apps a try and don’t hesitate to reach out to the company’s support team if you have questions about their service, even if it’s just to see how responsive they are. After a few days of testing, you’ll have a good idea if the service is right for you.
5. Check Prices and Offers
Don’t upgrade to a paying account just yet, as you should have another look at the different plans and the available promotions and discounts to make sure that you’ll be getting the best possible deal on your backup account. There’s our promotions and coupons page presenting you with all of the latest valid offers available with each of the companies listed on our website. Some providers will even give you tempting additional discounts during your trial period. It’s also worthwhile get in touch with someone of the sales team with the company you’ve chosen to inquire about exclusive deals. When the representative sees that you’ve already tried their service and your trial is nearing its end, they will be eager to give you a great offer to make sure that you stick with them.