Online Backups

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What is a good off-site storage solution for backing up my files?

Getting your data backed up and off site – either by storing a bunch of DVDs in a security deposit box or by using an online storage service – is very important in today’s digital world. The last thing you want to have happen is to lost all of your important personal information.

Backup solutions have been pretty expensive in the past: they required special SCSI tape drives and dozens or hundreds of tapes to store your data. Thankfully there are more and more services and software that will let you back up over the Internet.

JungleDisk backs up to Amazon’s S3 service:

  • Store an unlimited amount of data for only 15 cents per gigabyte
  • No monthly subscription fee, no startup fee, no commitment
  • Your data is fully encrypted at all times
  • Data is stored at multiple Amazon.com datacenters around the country for high availability
  • Access files directly from Windows Explorer, Mac OSX Finder, and Linux
  • Automatically back up your important files quickly and easily

MediaMax offers 25GB free storage:

MediaMax, powered by Streamload, gives you a private and secure place to upload, store, access, and share your personal videos, photos, movies, music, and files.

Mozy came highly recommended for its unlimited storage service:

  • 2GB of free, secure storage (Or go Unlimited for $4.95/month!)
  • Open/locked file support
  • Block-level differential backup
  • 128-bit SSL support (to secure your data during transport)
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption (to secure your data on our server)
  • Continuous or scheduled backup options

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  • http://www.orthodox.clara.net Gregory Hallam

    Why not mention Carbonite? Unlimited storage, automatic backups, individually configurable, unobtrusive and reliable.

  • L A

    My husband and I back up our information to DVD and store it in our safety deposit box. The online backup services sound promising, but I’m paranoid about security. Do you think that I’m just paranoid, or is this a legitimate security concern?