I ran across a blog last week that was pretty much filled with complaining customers.
It seems that their research and websites had been stored "safely" on the host's servers.
And then ...... with no notice, the host shut down. The subscribers lost pre-paid money, but more importantly, had lost years of research which they were maintaining on their websites and which they had uploaded to their websites for storage. They--understandably--believed that online with a reputable host was a safe place to keep data.
This is a true tragedy, as we in family research well understand.
Please---backup, backup---and don't consider your reputable online service as the safest place to keep your research.
I am thinking about this particularly because of the blog I ran across---and also because I had a crash this weekend. Luckily I had backed up my research on my external hard-drive and did not lose the hundreds of photos and document images stored on my computer.
Just a caution to store online if you wish, but to backup everything--and keep it updated--in multiple places. Losing our work is a tragedy to us and also to the research buddies we help.
And don't think a data loss won't happen to you. As the old-time users know, it's not a matter of **if** there will be a major crash---it's only a matter of **when**.
Warmest Regards for the New Year---