How to Backup IP Camera Data To the Cloud?

Cloud storage is ubiquitous now and a lot of people are already enjoying different cloud storage services.

Gone are the days where you have to physically bring external disc drives just to transfer data to and from another device.

Also, gone are the days where the data from the files can be taken from you (aka, when the disc drives get stolen).

You see, Cloud storage services are amazing because they not only protect your files (because they are very secure and their security mechanisms are top notch) but you can also subscribe to these services and they will give you different storage limits depending on your needs.

With that being said, did you know that you can backup your IP camera’s data to your preferred cloud storage service?

In this article, I will talk about how you can backup your IP camera’s data to your preferred Cloud storage service.

1. The IP Camera itself. Some modern IP cameras will have a certain integration between popular Cloud storage services. For example, Mangocam, a security firm that makes IP cameras, can integrate to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive directly from the IP camera itself. All you have to do to enable this feature is by accessing the IP camera on a computer (using an internet browser). Next, go to the IP camera’s settings and make sure to enable the option to upload to a supported cloud storage service. If your IP camera does not have this feature, do not fret; you can upload it manually by doing another step.

2. Manual Uploading. Now, the IP cameras can be set to upload its data to a computer via an IP address. Well, you can set the computer to upload on a preferred cloud storage service once it receives the data from your IP camera. Let’s take Dropbox as an example. Dropbox has its own software which will allow you to upload files from a folder, for example. The beauty of this software is that it has an automatic file upload feature which will automatically upload new files to your Dropbox account. If you’re using another service other than Dropbox, they may have a similar software that you can make use of. If your preferred cloud storage service doesn’t have its own software, then there is one last thing you can do.

3. Scheduled Backups Using Windows Scheduler. The Windows Scheduler is an amazing tool for PCs in that it automates some tasks for you, provided that you input the correct parameters. If you’re using a cloud storage service that doesn’t have its own software, you can automate the upload process by using the Windows Scheduler. To do this, open the Windows scheduler application and then allow it to open your favorite web browser and have it navigate to your cloud storage account. You can set it to upload new content (from the IP camera folder where it stores its data) and allow it to upload the content at set intervals (say, an hour interval each). This may be a bit cumbersome to do but it gets the job done.

IP camera data can be sensitive and it can be used by evil people to do their bidding. To ensure that your data is secure, make sure to upload it to your preferred cloud storage service.