FTP backup an approach to backup software

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					?Backups are a necessity in today's fast paced world, as disaster can strike anytime
resulting in the loss of important information. In this age of rapid development and
the inter linkage between private and business sectors, information has gained great
value. There are many types of backups on the market, each with its own unique
features that offers the users a wide range of possibilities. Common data security
methods include writing and copying data on DVDs, external and internal hard drives,
or to just simple CD. Each of these systems does provide the user with ease in
creating and duplicating files. However the limitations do outweigh this simple nature
as each form has a numerical limitation, are susceptible to external conditions such as
water damage or theft, and they do have a specific shelf life. To expand on the idea of
backups, another possible approach is the utilization of FTP.

FTP backup is not a new concept as FTP (File Transfer Protocol) has been around
since the mid 1980's. FTP is a technology built on a client-server architecture that
allows the user to transfer files between two computers over the Internet. FTP works
with user based password authentication or it can work with an anonymous user
access. FTP backup utilizes a dedicated remote server that will host the FTP backup
files. FTP backup is often a good choice as it does provide a secure and reliable way
to backup personal data.

FTP backup has the advantage of backing up data to a remote location. This property
allows the user to store important information offsite, thus ensuring that should
something happen at one location, a separate and independent copy would exist.
FTP backup is well suited at best when the planned back up files are small amount or
the files are large and compressed. An FTP backup is however not useful if the user
wishes to transfer an entire hard drive as the Internet connection may not be fast
enough or the FTP server may restrict the amount of FTP backup files permitted at a
particular time as the FTP server may have specific regulations.


To proceed in making an FTP backup, the user will need a few things. An FTP backup
will require a dedicated FTP server, FTP backup software that is often referred to as
FTP client, and good Internet connection. If you do not have access to an FTP server
then one can easily sign up for one of the many free web hosting providers that will
offer you an FTP server. The FTP software will allow the individual to access the FTP
server. Just like backup software, there exist today many types of FTP software on the
market. Some exist as freeware or shareware and others the user will need to purchase
to use. Depending on the needs of the user and complexity of the software, the user
should always examine the documentation and help files for the software to further
clarify the usage of the software.

				
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