Software & Apps Backup & Utilities Online Backup FAQ Frequently Asked Questions About Online Backup Services By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated June 24, 2019 © Vasiliki Varvaki / Photodisc / Getty Images Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email I have a very popular list of online backup services that generates a lot of personal questions via email. Since the majority of them are similar, I figured it was time to answer the common ones in a dedicated piece. Before we get to the questions a bit further down the page, here are several of my cloud backup pieces that you may not have seen but might be helpful: Online Backup Comparison ChartUnlimited Online Backup PlansFree Online Backup PlansBusiness Online Backup ServicesPrice Comparison: Unlimited Online Backup PlansPrice Comparison: Multi-Device Online Backup Plans Below are links to pages dedicated to each question. Please let me know if you have another question you'd like me to answer that you also think others would appreciate: Basic Online Backup Questions How Exactly Does Online Backup Work?Is Online Backup Better Than Local Backup?What's the Difference in Cloud Backup and Online Backup? Common Concerns About Backing Up Online Is It Safe to Send & Store My Private Data on the Internet?Will My Internet Be Slow If I'm Backing Up All the Time?Where Exactly Are My Backed Up Files Stored on the Internet?Do Online Backup Services Limit File Formats or Sizes? Choosing an Online Backup Service How Much Online Backup Space Will I Need?Do Some Online Backup Plans Really Allow Unlimited Data?Why Would Anyone Choose a Limited Plan over an Unlimited One?Can I Back Up All My Devices Using One Backup Plan?Are Free Online Backup Plans Really Free or Just Free Trials?Are Online Backup Plans Priced by the Month or Year? Using Online Backup What Exactly Should I Back Up?How Long Will the Initial Backup Take?Can I Restore Old Versions of Files I Back Up?Do I Have to Back Up Everything on My Computer or Device?If My Backed Up Files Are Online, Can I Access Them Anywhere? Restoring Backed Up Files How Do I Restore a Backed Up File?If My Entire Computer Dies, How Can I Get My Files Restored? Other Online Backup Questions Why Aren't Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Etc. In Your List?What Online Backup Service Do YOU Use, Tim?