Mozy Online Backup Review

mozy logo I have tonnes of data on my laptop that’s essential for my work and school. Stuff like my personal documents, school transcripts, projects, and program settings and data.

I used to use an external hard drive to do my backup, but I realised that most of the time all my data would be in the same area, since my hard drive is typically left at home. That doesn’t bode well if there’s a break-in, fire, or some other disaster that happens to my home.

Sometimes I travel too, and then all my data would be with my carry-on luggage. What happens if my carry-on luggage gets stolen, lost or destroyed? 2 executives who travelled on a plane flight that crashed carried both their primary laptop and secondary backup hard drive with them when the crash occurred. They survived, but not their data.

That’s when I started looking at off-site or online backup services, and after poking through the various offerings, I decided to settle on Mozy. One reassuring factor about Mozy is that they’re owned by EMC, a very reputable technology MNC specialising in information and data storage and management. With such sensitive data at risk, I’d personally prefer to go with someone reputable, and whom I know won’t go bankrupt tomorrow and disappear.

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Mozy has a comfortable, user-friendly interface that’s easy to use and straightforward. Backups can be secured with a password that only you know. The encryption that they use is industrial-strength too. It would take a normal desktop millions of years to try to successfully crack the encryption via a brute-force attack. That’s one of my primary concerns when I look for an off-site backup service — security and privacy of my data. After all, my entire life’s worth of information is there and I definitely do not want someone else taking a peek at them.

After the initial large backup (it takes a while for me because I have so much data, but I just leave it running on its own), subsequent backups are fast because Mozy only backs up the difference. Thereafter, restoration is painless — you can select an entire folder, or a specific file to restore.

After using it, I highly recommend Mozy’s online backup service. Get it if you haven’t! Here’s a coupon code that you can use:

Edit: Coupon code updated

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

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