Internet or online fax has become very popular with both individuals and companies over the last few years. This popularity only seems to be increasing as more and more businesses move their operating services to the cloud or third party providers. However, out-sourcing any business service can be risky if you don’t thoroughly check out the online provider – the same applies to using an online fax service.That’s why finding a quality service should be your first consideration with picking any of these providers or hosts. You want to check the “overall” quality of the service, as well as how good the support is if something should go wrong. Support hours or times is another factor which you should check, at least you know someone will be at the end of the line when you need that help.Checking online users’ reviews and comments can be one handy source of information on the quality of a service. But be careful, some crafty services do rig these forums and sites with favorable opinions to drum up business. Using the recommendations of friends and business colleagues would be a safer bet and a much better view of the overall quality of these services. There is nothing as valuable as first-hand experiences from people who we trust.One very beneficial feature of these fax services, most providers will give you a 30 Day Free Trial where you can check out the services yourself. This is also one feature any business or company should use before they buy. Test out the service first-hand and give it a robust try-out with the type of faxing you will be doing in the future. This trial run should give you a very good picture of a particular provider and the kind of service quality you can expect.Remember, online fax is just a matter of using your web connection and your current email account to send/receive all your faxing. Once you sign-up for a particular service, you’re given a local or toll-free number which you use just as any other fax number. The main difference being the fact that your messages are handled by this third party provider and are stored online in your account. Your faxes are sent as email attachments and since everything is done through the web, you don’t need to install a fax phone line or even buy a fax machine for that matter.But because of the nature of these services, so much depends on the quality and reliability of these operations. The uptime of these online servers is crucial for a quality service, if these servers are overloaded or go down, then you won’t be able to send or receive a fax. Another issue is security, how secure are these servers? Can they be easily hacked? Are your faxes encrypted? All issues you should check out before buying a service.Thankfully, most of the top-brand fax providers have earned solid reputations for providing secure, proven quality services so the above factors should not turn you away from using these types of online services. However, you should still do your homework and find a fax service which meets your standards. If you’re prudent and test out a service before you buy, you should have no trouble finding a quality provider to meet your faxing needs.