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.
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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