Secure Yourself: Backup Solutions for Designers and Developers

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Nowadays every thing is digital – whether it’s your photos, music or any other personal and business documents, everything is stored on the digital media, it’s our present and definitely it’s future!

Apart from its advantages it has several disadvantages too and we will look at pros and cons right here to provide you with solution!

Some main risks to important data are:

  • Technical Malfunction or Error
  • Catastrophic Events
  • Espionage or Sabotage

These risks can be avoided by taking regular backups. Taking backup is a main principle of data security. You have two options for backup purpose, one is remote backup and the other is online backup. Using remote backups you still got many problems and risks to your data, you have to use lock safes, strong boxes, or other security measures to make them secure.

This is the reason we prefer online backup rather than remote. By using an online backup service you can secure your data with a very little cost as compared to the cost you would have to bear for the security of remote backup.

This method is also very fast, setup and installation process is a matter of downloading a software and just install it. You can easily search the data you want to recover: you don’t have to go through a whole bunch of cabinets to find your desired backed up data.

So looking at the importance of the online backup, today we have covered top 5 services which provide backing up services at very low-cost and offer very admiring services.

1. DropBox

Quick Look:

  • File Sync
  • File Sharing
  • Online Backup
  • Web Access to all data
  • Mobile Device Access
  • 2GB Free, Paid packages starts from $9.99 / month

Dropbox is all in one tool for Online backup, File sync and File sharing and my personal choice. Unlike other applications which only sync files or put file online or tackle only backup, Dropbox is an application which provides all of these features in the single application.

Cost

Using File Sync feature of Dropbox you get 2GB of online storage for free which is to be increased to 100GB by getting pro plans. You can sync any type of file or of any size. With support of Windows, Mac and Linux applications it is the most comprehensive solution so far. Following is the chart of its cost and space provided.

After installing the Dropbox, these will be a folder in you’re “My Documents” named “My Dropbox”. Any file copied or moved in that folder will be uploaded to the servers of Dropbox and will be synchronized, and your can also access them from any computer from with Dropbox installed and from the Dropbox website using your username and password. N ow instead of using emails for sending some files you can use Dropbox which makes the process of transferring files very easy and unproblematic. If you can large number of files which you have to send to clients or coworkers then simply add them in public folder, copy the link which is publically accessible, give it to your co-workers or clients and you can have them download the files and documents. You can also make shared folders and invite other people to view the content which make Dropbox perfect for large business organizations with large number of employees.

Photo Gallery

Another great feature of Dropbox is built-in Photo Gallery. You can drag the photos in “Photos” folder and they will be available online for viewing in Photo Gallery of your Dropbox.

Dropbox also supports iPhone, iPad and Android based devices which is most important thing nowadays. You can access your Dropbox, view files and folders, download files, take photos and videos and sync them to your Dropbox, share links to files and export your files to other applications using these applications for your mobile devices. In the end we would like to say that Dropbox is 1st priority if you want to have Online backup solution because of its diversified features. Some may think it is bit expensive but we say if we account its performance and services then it is not much expensive. We use DropBox here on 1WD and we highly recommend it to you.:)

2. Mozy

Quick Look:

  • Safest Backup service
  • Unlimited space
  • 100% automatic
  • Staring from $4.95 / month

Mozy is the second backup storage solution that we are reviewing. In security Mozy gets a perfect score. It is considered as the most secure online data backup service as Mozy use 128-bit SSL encryption to ensure it is not intercepted. It also uses 448-bit Blowfish encryption to prevent someone from getting to your data on the Mozy’s servers. MozyPro also uses military-grade 256-bit AES encryption, making it the most secure service of online storage and backup solution.

Mozy uses different levels of security and privacy policies to get you data secured. Using Mozy you can get very large amount of control over what kind of backups should be taken and when. You can set up these setting once and then the rest is duty of Mozy. You can set automatic backups and choose to upload your important files on daily or weekly basis. You can also manage the memory usage of the Mozy which will help you to avoid your computer being slowed down. You can download your file and documents from any computer without installing the application on that specific computer. After the initial backup, Mozy only backs up new or changed portions of files, saving bandwidth and ensuring future backups are super fast. It automatically recommends important files to back up, you can select or deselect from them. You can also create a schedule as to when you want your backups to be performed.

Cost

It provides two plans, one is MozyHome and other is MozyPro. Following are the pricing of both the MozyHome and MozyPro.

MozyHome Price

MozyPro Price

Mozy supports Windows and Mac but it do not supports any mobile devices like iPhone or Android, while other services have specially designed applications for this purpose. We think it is computer backup services that’s y they didn’t added this feature but in coming 2 or 3 years this feature will be compulsory and to remain in the market, Mozy should focus on that loophole. Mozy is best choice for people who want extreme security of their data in a low price. This was designed as backup services but now it is 1 of the best online storage of your files with very co-operative help and support department. It has very easy to use interface. In short, Mozy is a best service for backup solution.

3. Carbonite

Quick Look

  • Unlimited Backup Capacity
  • Completely Automatic
  • Secure and Encrypted
  • Easy File Recovery

Carbonite is very easy to use and installs quickly. After installation you can choose automatic process for storing only your desired files. Selecting a file for backup is extremely easy, you just right-click a file then select Carbonite and it will automatically store to the service for you.

Carbonite backup service encrypts your data twice on your computer and then stores them encrypted on their secured data servers, making them virtually impossible to be misused. Carbonite offers unlimited storage space, automatic scheduled backups, remote access to your files and much more. You can restore your stored files from anywhere and from any computers. You can configure automatic backups to perform backups on daily basis; other options are also available like hourly basis backup.

It provides double encryption and redundant storage all files are sent via SSL connection and the Carbonite team members cannot see your files making your data extremely secure.

Cost

  • Five-Year Subscription for $199.95
  • Three-Year Subscription for $129.95
  • Two-Year Subscription for $99.95
  • One-Year Subscription for $54.95

Carbonite is a very good backup option for those who need remote access to their files and unlimited storage in a very reasonable price which is less than $5 per month (yearly subscription). It is also good for lazy people who forget to back up their data manually: totally automatic.

4. SugarSync

Quick look

  • Remote access
  • Supports Mac and Windows
  • Customer Phone Support
  • Sync as many computers as you want
  • 30 Days Free Trail. Pro Packages starting from $4.99 / Month

SugarSync is a great way to store, share, and mobilize your files and data. It really is a comprehensive solution for online storage, online file sharing/collaboration, and multiple computer syncing.

SugarSync offers features of backup, sync, sharing files and remote access to your data from anywhere where internet is available. Apart from these, it offers very interesting advance features. It is very simple but powerful tool. You just have to select files to sync then you can take rest: now its responsibility of SugarSync to do what you have suggested it to do. You can share your files with family, friends and co-workers. SugarSync runs in background and is fully automatic.

Cost

SugarSync offer its services as low as $4.99/month. It has the following Complete Tariff Plan.

SugarSync offers very flexible sharing, it mobilize your files and data. You can access your data not only from your computer but from anywhere in the world using internet and your cell phones. You can send a secure link of your files to friend or co-worker: no need to attach documents in email or other portable media. It saves five previous versions of file so you can easily revert them if needed.

5. IDrive

Quick Look

  • Keeps deleted files for 30 days for free
  • 128-bit SSL encryption
  • Works behind firewalls
  • Saves up to 30 versions of file
  • 2GB Free, Pro Plans Starting from $4.95/month

IDrive offers everything you will want to see in an online backup service. Using IDrive you can manage your multiple accounts through a single account. You can set it to work through a connection via proxy connection also. When you install IDrive for the first time, a default selection of most commonly backed up data including Documents, Pictures and Videos is created with a random after hours schedule. You can customize the selection and schedule afterwards. It automatically recognizes the modified parts of files or folders and backs then up after every 10 minutes. IDrive performs reliable backups of pen/locked files like Outlook files, QuickBooks, MS-Excel and others. You can drag-n-drop files for restore from your online drive to the local system.

Cost

IDrive provide 2GB for free and in case you need more storage space then you can upgrade to Pro version. The tariff of IDrive Pro is as follows

IDrive retains and allows you to restore the last 30 versions of a file and the old version are stored of free means it will not cost you your purchased web space. You can login via any browser to your account to access the data, restore data and view log reports. IDrive uses enhanced security with 128-bit SSL encryption on transfers, 256-bit AES encryption on storage with a user defined key. That key is not stored anywhere on IDrive servers. It transfers only modified files which can be very handy if you don’t have unlimited bandwidth connection.

That is all for this review. You feedback, comments, suggestions are always welcome and it is a way for us to know what are our weak points and loopholes.

Which application do you use for backing up your data?

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27 Comments Best Comments First
  • jPomfret

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 12:08

    1

    I love dropbox, allows me to keep my files up-to-date on all computers and when I am somewhere without a laptop and need a file I can get it from the dropbox.com website. Much easier to use this than try and remember to backup to a hard drive!

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    • Daniels

      Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 15:36

      4

      Agree, I set it up so fast and it’s so easy and useful. Thanks for sharing.

      0
      • Saad Bassi

        Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:34

        7

        Agreed. Dropbox is awesome but I use a mix of all apps.

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        • Jeprie

          Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 05:06

          15

          Thanks for sharing. This is very useful. I already use dropbox, it’s awesome and free.
          What else do you use, beside Dropbox?

          0
  • Tony

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 00:47

    9

    Dropbox won my heart a long time ago.

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  • Barney

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 21:02

    11

    We previously use Zumo (not included in your review) but recently switched to DropBox and love it. The one thing that would make DropBox really difficult to beat would be if they added file check-in/check-out for file versioning and making sure a file was not being worked on by two users at the same time.

    Zumo was nice but we did not like its security so we had to drop it.

    0
  • Aron

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 21:42

    13

    Even though traditional online backup services such as Mozy work very well, I think the sync-based services are the most convenient backup services because they do not only provide backup but also make it extremely easy to share files across multiple computers. I have been using Syncplicity for more than a year now and it is a wonderful experience to have all my files synched between my desktop development PC and my laptop. When I go to a client I don’t have to worry about copying my work to my laptop or taking a usb stick because as soon as I start-up my laptop the file is already synched from my desktop.

    0
  • kyle

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 03:15

    12

    Dropbox is fantastic. i’ve been using it since it came out.
    got several friends using it so i could get the upgraded space too.

    0
  • kriss

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:54

    8

    All these plans are OK until I see that just my client backup files are over 3000GB… very expensive on all those mentioned. What about http://www.mediafire.com. I have looked at this and think its for all design companies (it can even be branded!) anyone know if its a good option or know of anything similar?

    0
  • RlemBCN

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 13:01

    2

    Nice article.
    I think the best solution is a mix of everything.
    I have a Mozy account for a complete backup of my computer and for unchanged files (like RAW photos), Time Machine for daily credential backups, and a free account at SugarSync to syncronize project i’m working on between home and office.

    It’s interesting to note that Mozy doesn’t allow to upload files bigger than 4Gb (I believe Carbonite neither).

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  • Ulf

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 14:06

    3

    JungleDisk (https://www.jungledisk.com/) is missing in your comparison. And maybe Wuala (http://www.wuala.com/).

    Besides this, nice article and review.

    0
    • Taimur Asghar

      Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 19:32

      10

      Thanks for wonderful addition in our list :)

      0
  • Recca

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 14:35

    6

    i like the dropbox too.. but i haven’t try SugarSync

    0
  • Zee

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:22

    5

    Dropbox is just great all around, even has apps for Andriod & iPad

    0
  • Ash Menon

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 03:49

    14

    Just want to let you know, the link for DropBox has a typo in it. The double slash is breaking the link.

    0
    • Taimur Asghar

      Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:04

      21

      Thanks for the catch!
      Will be corrected soon !

      0
  • Jae Xavier

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 23:17

    23

    dropbox is the bomb :3

    0
  • Ben

    Saturday, January 1st, 2011 20:14

    24

    I have tried DropBox and its awesome!

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  • Adam

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 21:17

    27

    I have been using DropBox for a while now and I ma very happy with it. I will try the others for future projects to test them.

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  • Drue

    Friday, April 15th, 2011 12:11

    26

    Dropbox is a good online backup service.But the capacity is small that all my files can not be backed up.I love it when it comes to file sharing.But on the other hand,i also use SafeCopy backup because it is cost effective and the fact that i can backup multiple computers on a single account,makes me love it too.Otherwise thanks for the information.

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  • pale typer

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 23:42

    22

    Rather incomplete!
    Especially when it comes to pro arrangments. Just one missing: amazon s3, offering even two prices depending on security level.
    Please also do not forget: the server-country might be a worth a second thought!
    Have fun backing up getting a NAS and e.g. DYNDNS

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  • Robert Chambes

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 09:22

    16

    Thanks for sharing these.

    Dropbox is fantastic, but the largest package is just 100GB, which is not big enough for all my photos and music.

    I actually backup directly to Amazon S3 using Arq Backup software (Mac only). The advatange of Amazon S3 over some of the options listed above is you have total control over your data and you are with a very big company, which is unlikely to suddenly go out of business and delete all your backups.

    0
  • Neil

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 09:56

    17

    I use DropBox and have my local working Git directory on my PC set up there.

    0
  • Jordan Walker

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:13

    18

    I prefer to keep my scripts on a RAID 10 array at home.

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    • Alex

      Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 00:20

      25

      So do I, but what if your place burns down, laptop, desktop, and external drive?

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  • Markgt

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:56

    19

    Nice thing about iDrive is that they have released a WordPress plugin that will update your site/blog to your iDrive account…. NICE!

    0
    • Jeprie

      Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 17:56

      20

      Really, nice info. Thanks.

      0
  • Adam

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 21:17

    27

    I have been using DropBox for a while now and I ma very happy with it. I will try the others for future projects to test them.

    0
  • Drue

    Friday, April 15th, 2011 12:11

    26

    Dropbox is a good online backup service.But the capacity is small that all my files can not be backed up.I love it when it comes to file sharing.But on the other hand,i also use SafeCopy backup because it is cost effective and the fact that i can backup multiple computers on a single account,makes me love it too.Otherwise thanks for the information.

    0
  • Ben

    Saturday, January 1st, 2011 20:14

    24

    I have tried DropBox and its awesome!

    0
  • Jae Xavier

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 23:17

    23

    dropbox is the bomb :3

    0
  • pale typer

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 23:42

    22

    Rather incomplete!
    Especially when it comes to pro arrangments. Just one missing: amazon s3, offering even two prices depending on security level.
    Please also do not forget: the server-country might be a worth a second thought!
    Have fun backing up getting a NAS and e.g. DYNDNS

    0
  • Markgt

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:56

    19

    Nice thing about iDrive is that they have released a WordPress plugin that will update your site/blog to your iDrive account…. NICE!

    0
    • Jeprie

      Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 17:56

      20

      Really, nice info. Thanks.

      0
  • Jordan Walker

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:13

    18

    I prefer to keep my scripts on a RAID 10 array at home.

    0
    • Alex

      Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 00:20

      25

      So do I, but what if your place burns down, laptop, desktop, and external drive?

      0
  • Neil

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 09:56

    17

    I use DropBox and have my local working Git directory on my PC set up there.

    0
  • Robert Chambes

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 09:22

    16

    Thanks for sharing these.

    Dropbox is fantastic, but the largest package is just 100GB, which is not big enough for all my photos and music.

    I actually backup directly to Amazon S3 using Arq Backup software (Mac only). The advatange of Amazon S3 over some of the options listed above is you have total control over your data and you are with a very big company, which is unlikely to suddenly go out of business and delete all your backups.

    0
  • Ash Menon

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 03:49

    14

    Just want to let you know, the link for DropBox has a typo in it. The double slash is breaking the link.

    0
    • Taimur Asghar

      Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 15:04

      21

      Thanks for the catch!
      Will be corrected soon !

      0
  • Aron

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 21:42

    13

    Even though traditional online backup services such as Mozy work very well, I think the sync-based services are the most convenient backup services because they do not only provide backup but also make it extremely easy to share files across multiple computers. I have been using Syncplicity for more than a year now and it is a wonderful experience to have all my files synched between my desktop development PC and my laptop. When I go to a client I don’t have to worry about copying my work to my laptop or taking a usb stick because as soon as I start-up my laptop the file is already synched from my desktop.

    0
  • kyle

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 03:15

    12

    Dropbox is fantastic. i’ve been using it since it came out.
    got several friends using it so i could get the upgraded space too.

    0
  • Barney

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 21:02

    11

    We previously use Zumo (not included in your review) but recently switched to DropBox and love it. The one thing that would make DropBox really difficult to beat would be if they added file check-in/check-out for file versioning and making sure a file was not being worked on by two users at the same time.

    Zumo was nice but we did not like its security so we had to drop it.

    0
  • Tony

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 00:47

    9

    Dropbox won my heart a long time ago.

    0
  • kriss

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:54

    8

    All these plans are OK until I see that just my client backup files are over 3000GB… very expensive on all those mentioned. What about http://www.mediafire.com. I have looked at this and think its for all design companies (it can even be branded!) anyone know if its a good option or know of anything similar?

    0
  • Recca

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 14:35

    6

    i like the dropbox too.. but i haven’t try SugarSync

    0
  • Zee

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:22

    5

    Dropbox is just great all around, even has apps for Andriod & iPad

    0
  • Ulf

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 14:06

    3

    JungleDisk (https://www.jungledisk.com/) is missing in your comparison. And maybe Wuala (http://www.wuala.com/).

    Besides this, nice article and review.

    0
    • Taimur Asghar

      Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 19:32

      10

      Thanks for wonderful addition in our list :)

      0
  • RlemBCN

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 13:01

    2

    Nice article.
    I think the best solution is a mix of everything.
    I have a Mozy account for a complete backup of my computer and for unchanged files (like RAW photos), Time Machine for daily credential backups, and a free account at SugarSync to syncronize project i’m working on between home and office.

    It’s interesting to note that Mozy doesn’t allow to upload files bigger than 4Gb (I believe Carbonite neither).

    0
  • jPomfret

    Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 12:08

    1

    I love dropbox, allows me to keep my files up-to-date on all computers and when I am somewhere without a laptop and need a file I can get it from the dropbox.com website. Much easier to use this than try and remember to backup to a hard drive!

    0
    • Daniels

      Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 15:36

      4

      Agree, I set it up so fast and it’s so easy and useful. Thanks for sharing.

      0
      • Saad Bassi

        Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 16:34

        7

        Agreed. Dropbox is awesome but I use a mix of all apps.

        0
        • Jeprie

          Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 05:06

          15

          Thanks for sharing. This is very useful. I already use dropbox, it’s awesome and free.
          What else do you use, beside Dropbox?

          0

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