This post was provided by Jane Brown.
Securing your iPhone data doesn’t just mean creating a backup copy on your laptop/PC. That’s because its safety will grind to a halt as soon as there’s a problem with your computer (hardware damage, software virus, etc.).
Therefore, it is critical for you to know about the various storage options to backup the contents of your iOS device. Below we talk about the different storage mediums that you can use to backup your iPhone data and restore it conveniently.
1. iCloud Storage
iPhone users had to connect their device to their PC and sync to iTunes for data backup before iCloud was introduced, but the need became obsolete as people started considering cloud services as a better option for creating backups. The option for iCloud storage is inside the iPhone and Apple gives 5 GB of free storage. Users can upgrade to a higher storage option if they’re concerned about not having enough space in the cloud to store all of their data.
2. Flash Storage
Transferring your data onto your computer and then storing it on an encrypted USB flash drive is another option. This secures your data in two ways. First, if your PC/laptop malfunctions, you’ll have a peace of mind knowing the data is still there on the USB. Second, the encrypted flash storage protects your data with 100% hardware encryption. Top vendors also provide features like plug and play functionality, meaning you get a custom PIN that anyone with access to your USB has to enter to gain access. Also, pre-loaded anti-virus protection and similar options keep your data safe.
3. Google Drive
If you take a lot of photos, you can frequently free up your iPhone’s memory by storing some of them on Google Drive. Though there are multiple alternatives like Dropbox and the iCloud Photo Library, Google Drive has been updated in the past few years with features that make it easy to store photos on Google’s cloud storage system. Also, users can view the saved files offline in case they want to show photos to anyone at a particular time. Google Drive for iOS can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.
4. Wireless Hard Drive
Wireless hard drive offerings like Seagate Wireless Plus will broadcast its very own WiFi network, enabling you to stream the data on your iDevice wirelessly off-the-grid at any time and place. The best part is that you can transfer the files you’ve stored on Google Drive or Dropbox. Easy synchronization of cloud files to the wireless hard drive means you have another storage medium to consider, and you can access the data even without an active internet connection. Seagate offers a Media app along with its hard drive for all iOS devices, making it easy for users to navigate and access data wherever they go.
Mac computers are a safer bet than Windows computers as they’re less prone to malware and other software threats. As a result, you’d at least have a peace of mind when it comes to software security. A program like iTunes File Sharing will allow you to connect your iDevice with your Mac computer and sync data. Some apps will require you to click “Import” or “+” and then choose the data you want to import.
Utilize one or a multitude of these storage options to make multiple copies of your iDevice’s contents.