Cloudy With a Chance of Data Loss?

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cloudcomputingCritics complain cloud computing is dangerous because of possible data loss, but the risks can be minimized.

  1. E-mail. If you use Gmail or another web-based e-mail system, consider using an e-mail application, like Mail or Outlook, to make sure all of your messages are downloaded from the server and stored on your computer.
  2. Data storage. Some products, like Dropbox, store everything online and on your actual hard drive. Even if you do not have internet access, you have every file that was up-to-date the last time you were online.
  3. Backups. Even if your data is stored online, you should still be able to download everything to make regular backups.
  4. Security. Be careful who you entrust with your files. Admittedly, there is more of risk of a security breach when your client files are floating out there on the internet, but choose a service provider you feel confident in and do some research to make sure it truly is secure.

Cloud computing is not perfect, but it can help you increase productivity by allowing you to have multiple workstations at multiple locations.

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  • A.R. Rhoads

    In light of the Microsoft/Danger/Sidekick/T-Mobile cloud data loss debacle, how is RocketMatter different? Does it give users the option to create local and/or multiple backups someplace other than the company’s own servers?

  • Rocket Matter allows some backups, but as far as I can tell, Clio is the SaaS practice management software with the best local backup capability.

  • The other side of the discussion is the risks involved with your own data and hardware.

    Are you backing up your exchange/outlook files?

    Are you backing up your hard drives?

    What happens if your laptop is stolen/lost?