2GB of Automatic, Incremental, Encrypted, Remote, Online Backup

Computer backup used to be something that you needed to do every month, week or even day. Now it's a fire and forget task - something that you can set up once, and forget about. There's really no need to manage a large collection of backup tapes, cds or dvds with automatic backup to a networked hard disk.

But my favourite, as I mentioned last year, is automatic incremental encrypted remote online backup. That's a mouthful but it's very simple. It works like this - a small app sits on your desktop, watching for changes in the files and directories you've chosen to backup - when it notices that the computer is not in use, it sends the changes to the server.

It's remote, which is smarter than storing your backups in the same location as your files. It's encrypted - so no-one can snoop on you data. It's automatic - so it's always up to date. It's incremental - so it doesn't hog too much bandwidth. So here's Mozy - which provides 2GB of backup space. It's free and it takes five minutes to set up. Even if your hard disk doesn't go kaput tomorrow, it'll pay you back in peace of mind before the day is out.

Posted by Alexander at May 15, 2006 09:42 AM

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Hi Alex, also try IBackup (www.ibackup.com), one of the top online storage and backup service providers.

IBackup for Windows schedules regular online backups for any future date or time. You can duplicate or mirror the entire source path of files or folders for backups to avoid overwriting of similarly named files and folders. IBackup for Windows does intelligent patching where only the changes you make to files or folders are sent to the IBackup servers.

An interesting feature of IBackup is that the `Snapshots’ technology allows historical view of your data. IDrive application maps the online account as a local drive on your computer. You can stream multimedia content with IDrive Multimedia . Webmanager is IBackup's browser application with features for sharing, account management, viewing images, drag-and-drop using WebFolders and file search.

Overall, IBackup is a pretty good service to work with, sans the hype.

Posted by: Stan at May 16, 2006 01:29 PM

Yes! iBackup is awesome Stan!


And look, it only costs like $200 per year - that's a killer deal compared with all the free backup services out there that also offer the same features!

Oh wait a second - that's not a killer deal.


Nice astroturf dude.

Posted by: Dan at May 16, 2006 04:57 PM

There are a number of online backup services out there including ours. Many use the deltabit technology which after the initial full backup does incremental backups but only the bits in the file that have changed.

We will never use this technology as it requires several files to restore the full file version and if one of those files is corrupted - no restore.

Be careful in choosing your online backup service. Many are offering tons of space at a low price, but, read the fine print as many are restricking the user on the restore process.

We have found most of our customers after the initial full backup, the regular nightly backup is usually between 7 and 10 minutes for each customer.

The most important thing to remember is to test to be sure you can recover using the software after a computer or other type of data loss.


Posted by: Mike S. at September 24, 2006 11:03 PM

It's the free ones that suck dude. Gigs of free space, unlimited uploads, but limited downloads. Upload 25GB, but at a time download just 10MB. What is this shit for?

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