Online data storage continues to be a popular medium for keeping digital files, photos, and more safe and secure. While online storage offers convenience, it lacks in other areas where physical storage shines.
Online Storage Benefits and Drawbacks
The largest benefit of online storage is the convenience of the system; giving the user a simple way to access their files and share them with others. Online storing also allows for collaboration worldwide and the ability to access your files from any internet-capable device. There are several cloud storage and other online services that are trending with data users everywhere:
While these data backup solutions are projected to be the most highly used services this year, there are also drawbacks to having strictly web-based storage. Though some cloud storage solutions have some level of encryption, it is software encryption. This can easily result in vulnerabilities during updates that result in data breaches and cloud-hacking. Additionally, sharing files can become a chaotic mistake if you shared confidential work files with other parties like in the instance of Box.
The final issue deals with storage capacity. Some cloud storage services charge different rates for their services depending on the amount of storage you need. Of course the more files you need to access, the faster the internet connection necessary to reach them, which could lead to higher latency when opening your files.
Benefits of Physical Data Storage
Physical storage includes devices like external hard drives, SD cards, and flash drives. While it may seem that these devices are another tool to pack in your backpack or suitcase, there have been some real advances made in creating top of the line data storage that has a portable design.
This type of storage device allows users to access their files without internet connection and share their information by actually handing their media to a boss or family member, knowing that no one else will be able to tamper with the information. The issue with physical media is the possibility that the device itself will break when dropped or may become lost.
Aside from that, online storage systems are still seeing the benefits of having a place for offline data. Dropbox, a file hosting service decided to have a level of cold storage for files that were not accessed as frequently and ultimately saved the company and users a lot of money.
Secure Storage Keeps Physical Media Alive
The risk of data breaches, divulging company information, and ultimately having slow times for file download means there will always be a need for physical storage. The SecureDrive and SecureUSB are the top of the line in physical storage. They are hardware-encrypted devices that are unlocked through either a PIN entry or through an app on a mobile device. Other features include:
While both mediums have their advantages, physical storage has evolved to provide total security that online storage cannot offer. To learn more about the SecureDrive products call 1-800-875-3230.