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anon5602056856
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anon5602056856,
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2/19/2014 | 11:33:30 PM
Re: Cool read but...
I agree with the "unlimited" catch. They normally will capped your upload and download speed if you exceed their "normal" storage capacity. In my opininion, that range fall between 200GB to 500GB depending on which cloud storage provider are you using.I never buy into unlimited marketing catch. Just buy what you need and that's normally the capacity of your hard drive. Just my two cents.
DavidL602
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12/9/2013 | 7:40:19 AM
Cloud Storage is not a replacement for Online Backup
If you use cloud storage as your backup method, you are very likely to have a major disappointment in the future.  If you accidentally delete a file, it gets corrupted, or you get a virus, guess what, that is immediately synched to your cloud account.  Very few of these have versioning abilities or file retention periods, so the only thing it protects you against is a total machine crash (even then, only the files you put in their special directory will be protected).

This article really should warn of this - it is a very important distinction.

The only safe way to use cloud storage as your backup is to manually copy files to it, disable all synchronization, and don't directly edit the files kept there.  In fact it is best to keep their software off your PC and use the web version, as a virus can very easily access the "mapped drive" and ruin your backup.

If you want one product to accomplish both tasks - they exist, but you need to carefully review the features (and the settings of the product once installed) to make sure it will save versions of the files and won't automatically delete files unless you approve or a time limit expires (at least 30 days, the more the better).  Of course neither product will accomplish both tasks as well as two separate products would.  This may be one thing where you want to just use two products for two purposes that are really very different.  The online backup programs can backup your cloud storage folder as well (usually) so if someone else messes up your file that you shared, you've got a totally independent backed up copy, or hopefully several versions of it.

If you need one program that does both you're more likely to find a online backup service that features public sharing than a cloud storage one that has full backup/version/retention features for your whole HDD.
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11/24/2013 | 3:13:13 AM
What about privacy?
I think the article missed the point of online backup service. Online backup software encrypt all files locally with separate key and uploads encrypted (not readable) data so backup provider could not open and read any of his clients files.  Encryption key never uploaded to service provided server.  On other side "cloud storage providers" do not encrypt the data or encrypt and store encryption key online so client can easy sync other computers or get his data online from any device. Use "cloud storage" only if you don't care about privacy and possibility that cloud provider employers or government agents reads your documents.
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dvorsakv,
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11/20/2013 | 3:22:20 AM
Cool read but...
Good information Larry, and while I do agree  that most "unlimited" services come with a catch, we must not generalize. I have fallen victim to the likes of Carbonite and Crashplan as well, and was about to give up up until I've stumbled upon Zoolz, and while they have unlimited plans, they have also for Buisnesses. I don't know that is just my humble opinion but I'd like to see w hat you think about the service... 
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