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Saving your important documents in some sort of cloud storage is a good idea.
If you have heard of the “3-2-1 Backup Strategy,” then I am sure you are well aware of the need of keeping an offsite backup.
Understandably, the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy is more focused on businesses. However, following a similar strategy for your important documents/files is a great way to ensure that the files are available to you when needed.
The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy is:
- Keep three copies of your data (Primary + 2 backups)
- Store this data on two separate storage media’s (USB Flash Drive, External HDD, NAS, Cloud Storage, etc.)
- Store at least one backup offsite (Cloud Storage, Offsite Cold Storage, etc.)
When you look at this, cloud storage becomes both a separate storage media, as well as covering the “at least one backup offsite” rule.
With that being said, Google Drive is a solid cloud storage/cloud sync solutions available to consumers. Unfortunately, Google wants to know a little too much about you.
If you are someone who is privacy conscious, then you will likely stay away from Google, and similar, cloud service providers.
What do I use?
I ended up switching to Proton Drive.
Proton Drive is still technically in “beta” and does not offer a desktop sync client. However, it is a great cloud storage solution that allows me to upload files and documents. It is end-to-end encrypted, hosted in Switzerland, and you get 500GB of storage as part of the Proton Unlimited plan.
Ultimately, I would love to self-host my own storage. I do have plans to build out my own NAS utilizing TrueNAS and replicating important files to an offsite cloud service (B2 Cloud Storage or a server on Vultr/DigitalOcean).
Doing the above is not cheap, and I plan on accomplishing this in the next few years.
I am also hoping that Proton Drive releases a desktop client for Linux. Currently, they have not released the Windows/macOS clients yet, so a Linux client might be ways out.