Think about how much time and effort and money we spend for security, and you would actually let ANY third party have access to and make copies of your db and your customers db and personal files and scripts. That is just nuts folks.
Keep it internal, pay for a script or something you can load on your host server and use that, charge your clients for the service to help pay for it or do it for free. But keep it internal. In my opinion never never never use a third party (paid or unpaid, bonded or not) to backup your data.
Think about how many times you have seen on the news where trucks taking offline/offsite backups to a storage facility have been hijacked and the data stolen. Happend to several credit card companies as well as AOL and several others. In those cases crooks dont have to be smart enough to crack systems, they just wait for the driver of the truck to get distracted and snatch the stuff, or steal the truck all together.
So IMO if you have to do offsite use an armored service only but i would prefer keeping the data in a very protected vault in the same building and do the backups yourself and keep them all internal. The more doors you open the more risk you pass along to your clients. Peoples lives have been ruined so dont even open that door.
Its short for durango dave.
Courage is being scared to death but knowing you have to do something because doing nothing is NOT an option.