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  • IDrive is Now Available in German, Spanish, and French

    Now we’re speaking the same language! The latest version of IDrive allows you to switch between the English, German, French, and Spanish languages, breaking down language barriers to make managing your backups easier.

    Here’s how to choose your language preference while using the IDrive application:

    1. Launch the IDrive desktop application.
    2. Click on your account username in the upper right-hand corner, then click “Preferences.”
    3. At the top of the “Preferences” pop-up, you’ll see a “Choose Language” list box. Click the list box then scroll to the language you prefer. Voila!

    IDrive’s new localization feature is available for both Mac and Window’s users. Looking for a backup service that speaks your language? Sign up for IDrive today!

  • Celebrate Backup Awareness Month with IDrive

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    You may not realize it, but Backup Awareness Month is here again. We like to take this opportunity each year to remind folks about the importance of keeping data backed up so you need not worry about losing it. Between your business and personal documents, gathering new files can be a daily habit. It’s easy to forget to back it up as it comes along. Backup Awareness Month reminds us that all the family photos, business documents, and other types of data we collect on our devices are just as precious as our physical possessions. With online backup, we can preserve data through the years much like family heirlooms in a safe.

    As we rely more and more on technology for storing photos and documents, the threat of losing our critical files increases. Deliberate causes of data loss include theft, viruses, and destruction of property, while natural data disasters range from hurricanes and tornadoes to spilled coffee and crashes. IDrive online backup protects your data from all of these threats by keeping it safe in the cloud. All data protected with IDrive is also secured with military grade 256-bit AES encryption, with a super-secure private key option, to ensure no prying eyes see your private files.

    Aside from protecting your data in the age of leaks and hacks, cloud backup is just plain convenient. With IDrive, you have Universal Backup, meaning you can backup as many devices as you need to with no charge per extra device. You can secure all your data from all your smartphones, tablets, and computers, and then access it from any device linked to your account.

    Do you have tons of data to upload, and don’t want to clog up your bandwidth doing it? In the spirit of Backup Awareness Month, we’ll back it all up for you with our IDrive Express service. If you haven’t yet backed up your devices, you can get started today by signing up for IDrive. We make backup secure and easy.

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  • 5 Reasons Why Hybrid Backup is the Strategy for You

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    So what’s the best strategy for keeping your data safe, but also easy to access?

    You can backup all your PCs, Macs, iOS, and Android devices in a single account with IDrive’s PC Mag award-winning application, for instance. But did you know IDrive also offers local backup with super-fast restores in addition to the security of cloud backup? For years people have had no easy solution for utilizing both online and local backup at once. But today IDrive has seamlessly integrated local and online backup into the most convenient and secure backup solution ever: Hybrid Backup.

    The synthesis of local and online backup protects data by ensuring it’s never in just one place, so that no matter what happens, you’re protected. And it’s not just families that have precious memories that need to worry – a high number of businesses which suffer major data loss shut down within a year of the loss. Being able to rapidly access backed up files is vital for a business to stay in operation.

    What if you could have the security of backing up to the cloud with the expediency of restoring data over a super-fast local connection? IDrive’s Hybrid Backup gives you both of those essentials in one solution. Online backup saves your data from crashes, viruses, and theft, while local backup gives you speedy restores for optimal convenience and business continuity. This hybrid solution not only provides you with more convenience, but peace of mind knowing you have the most control possible over the data which has become so integral to your life.

    Here are five reasons why IDrive’s Hybrid Backup is the backup solution of the future:

    Portability — IDrive’s Hybrid Backup lets you keep your most important data in your pocket for easy access. With our local backup you can store data on your hard drive for faster restores. But you can also backup to IDrive Wi-Fi, our 1TB external drive, so you can carry your files on-the-go. IDrive Wi-Fi gives you a secure fast-lane for backing up and restoring data between all your devices without plugging in.

    Faster Restores — Hybrid Backup not only gives you universal access to your data from the cloud, but the fastest restores possible. With IDrive, you can expediently restore files from local drives when you need them. Meanwhile, our cloud backup solution makes all your files restorable from any device, whether it be on the PC, Mac, Android or iOS platform. IDrive’s Hybrid Backup gives you unprecedented access to your data.

    Encryption —  IDrive makes your data easily accessible from the cloud and local drives, but also protects all your critical files against viruses and online theft with military grade 256-bit AES encryption. Any data backed up using IDrive’s Hybrid Backup is automatically encrypted on the local and cloud levels, giving you peace of mind knowing your data is just as safe as it is easy to restore. IDrive users also have the option of choosing a super-secure private key so only they hold the code that unlocks their data.

    Disaster protection — While you can restore data faster with local backup, your files are still vulnerable to natural disasters, theft, and other causes of data loss that affect physical storage devices. This is where IDrive’s online backup comes in. IDrive stores your data in world-class, disaster-proof facilities, ensuring that your files are always safe from device failures, storms and the occasional coffee spill. If your home computer (along with all your data) crashes, you can easily restore all your files from the cloud to your new computer.

    Compatibility — IDrive’s Hybrid Backup is compatible with all your devices, allowing you to backup all your data to a local drive, as well as the cloud, from any server, smartphone, tablet or computer. IDrive offers backup for an unlimited number of devices, from iOS and Android to PC and Mac platforms, at no extra charge per device. With our Hybrid Backup solution, your entire network of devices can be secured with encryption, and any important data can be made rapidly accessible via a local connection which is just as secure as it is speedy.

     

    Today there’s no reason to choose between secure cloud backups and speedy local restores. You can have the best of both worlds with IDrive’s Hybrid Backup, ensuring that your data is just as safe as it is easy to access.

  • Where in the World is Your Data?

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    Where is your data right now? Your most important photos or videos? Your critical documents, tax records, or even your music?

    Is it on your PC? Your Mac? Your iPhone, iPad, or Android device? Is it on a local server? A laptop? In a Facebook or Instagram account?

    Or is it on ALL of these?

    Your data is in many places now, and at any time, any one of them could fail. This meadata-164756_1280ns there are more chances of you losing your critical data than ever before. Even just a few years ago you just had your PC and all your data on it, now your data is everywhere.

    With data spread to more and more places, it’s become difficult to track where all these facets of your digital life is being stored. They may be on our own devices, social media accounts belonging to you or your friends.

    A modern backup service needs to keep up with modern trends. You need a backup plan that can change with the times. You need a service that backs up ALL your devices into one account. You need a product that doesn’t charge a separate license fee for each device.

    You need IDrive.

    Whether you’ve got data on your desktops at home, on a server at work, with you on-the-go inside a smartphone, or already in the cloud on Facebook or Instagram, IDrive offers true archive protection of all your files, with encryption that lets you be sure no one but you can access them.

  • Talk Shop with Team IDrive at Interop Las Vegas!

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    IDrive will be appearing at this year’s Interop Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 28 – 30. Swing by to learn first-hand how IDrive can help you protect your business’s data from mobile phones to servers.

    We’ll be exhibiting our DataCenter Edition for enterprise level businesses in need of a fast, user-friendly solution to Linux Server backup that skips command line scripting altogether. We’ll also be showcasing our award-winning online backup solution, which enables business owners to backup all their data from all their devices (at no extra fee per device).

    Feel free to stop by and chat about our latest innovations in online backup, including IDrive Wi-Fi our wireless, encrypted storage drive!

    Come visit IDrive at Booth #2151!

    Interop is a leading technology exposition, featuring 300+ exhibitors, keynotes from tech industry leaders, networking events, and vendor tech exhibitions.

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  • IDrive is Bringing Backup to Apple Watch

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    IDrive’s mission has always been to meet our users’ evolving needs for backup as new technologies emerge. We continue to pioneer Hybrid Backup, for instance, and we  were one of the first cloud players to offer backup for mobile devices. Now with the launch of Apple’s latest innovation, IDrive is pleased to announce an upcoming smartwatch application, IDrive for Apple Watch.

    IDrive’s Apple Watch app will protect any data stored on what Tim Cook has called “the first smartwatch that matters.” We will also make accessing backed up files more convenient than ever by bringing cloud data right to the wrists of Apple Watch’s many adopters.

    Apple Watch is an iOS 8.2-friendly device which works in conjunction with iPhone 5 and later, and stores up to 8GB of data, including music and photos. IDrive for Apple Watch will allow you to backup the critical files you keep on your smartwatch, but it will also give you easy access to your IDrive cloud data.

    IDrive allows you to backup an unlimited number of devices, whether it’s iOS, Android, PC or Mac. That means you can access any data from any device from your Apple Watch using IDrive. You’ll be able to swipe through your backed up photos, or read your important documents, as easily as checking the time.

     

    The Apple Watch is a whole new type of device, but just like your smartphone, tablet or computer, it carries critical files that can include sensitive personal information. To ensure that Apple Watch owners have peace of mind about the security of their data, IDrive for Apple Watch will protect files stored on the watch with military grade 256-bit AES encryption. IDrive also offers a private key option, which allows Apple Watch users to choose a unique encryption code to which no one else, not even IDrive, has access.

    IDrive’s latest innovation in mobile backup will be available just in time for Apple Watch’s full-scale June release in physical stores.

     

  • Love is in the Air! Backup your Wedding Photos with IDrive Online Backup

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    It’s wedding season, and one of our very own staff members has been struck by Cupid’s arrow. Last weekend our Communications Manager Matthew asked his girlfriend to be his lawfully wedded wife, through sickness and in health, until death do they part. Of course, she answered, “Of course”. The occasion was documented in a touching video, shot on an iPhone 6, which has been warming hearts around the office all week. But the clip cuts off just after the newly engaged couple embraced as future husband and wife for the first time. Everyone was wondering, what happened next? We asked Matthew what the first thing he did was after she accepted his proposal, and, ever the romantic, he said, “I backed up the video using IDrive.”

    With IDrive online backup, your proposal video will be secure in the cloud. If the device you took the video with ever breaks or gets lost, you can easily restore the precious moment to another device. IDrive is also mobile-optimized, which will come in handy since so many wedding videos are taken on phones these days. You’ll be able to send your pictures and videos to all your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter and email using our sharing tool, which you can access from any device using our mobile, desktop or web-browser application–even if the video isn’t stored on said device. And your files will be secured with military grade 256-bit AES encryption, or you can lock them up with a private encryption key that only you have access to, so your file stays protected and personal. Nothing says, “I love you” like backing up your family’s priceless moments so they’re with you forever!

    Between picking out an engagement ring, planning the bridal shower, organizing the wedding, and hosting visiting in-laws, a lot of preparation goes into getting hitched. One of the things that makes it all worth it is being able to look back and smile on your videos and pictures of this momentous occasion. With online backup, you have the security of knowing you’ll never lose those memories. We wish all you newlyweds a big congratulations–remember to backup your memories with IDrive!

  • Spring Cleaning is here! Get Organized with IDrive

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    They say a clean room makes for a peaceful mind. The same goes for your computer! Backing up your files to the Cloud makes room for new data, and also eases your mind in that if your computer or device crashes, you can easily restore your files. In the spirit of Spring cleaning, here are a few tips for getting your files in order with IDrive.

    Out with the old photos, in with the new

    A picture’s worth a thousand words–and a few gigabytes, too. As pictures and videos accumulate into albums, your hard drive can become congested with TBs of images on it. Storing these files in the Cloud makes room on your computers and devices for all the incoming photos you’ll be taking during Spring and Summer vacation. This also ensures your data is safe in the Cloud in the event that your device is destroyed. IDrive’s True Archive nature means that even if you decide to clear photos off your hard drive, they’ll stay in the Cloud until you decide you no longer need them.

    Sure you backed up everything?

    You want to dig deep into your files to make sure you’ve backed up every single one that matters. Even if you’re regularly backing up your data every month or so, your precious files can slip through the cracks. With IDrive, you can run a full backup to catch every missed file. You can also schedule automated backups by day and time to back up any new files automatically. That way no files will go unprotected if you forget to manually back them up.

    Keep those tax documents organized!

    In the midst of tax season, it’s important to keep your digital bills, statements and forms secure in the Cloud where they can be accessed from any device, and where they’re safe from data disasters such as  viruses or hard drive failures. Any files backed up using IDrive are protected with military-grade 256-bit encryption. We also offer private key encryption, meaning you choose the key that unlocks your files. Your tax documents will be locked away in your own private safe in the Cloud, and no one else on the planet will know the passcode. That means all your private information stays private.

    IDrive makes it easy to backup all your data from all your devices, including iOS, Android, PC, and Mac platforms. Just download our award-winning application, and get secure and accessible this Spring.

  • This World Backup Day, Take Action with IDrive!

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    Did you know 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute? Likewise 1 in 10 computers are infected by viruses each month. As World Backup Day’s site explains, data loss is an everyday occurrence that can be distressing for people and disastrous for businesses. And yet 30% of people have never backed up their data. That’s over two billion worldwide! In light of this fact, IDrive is supporting World Backup Day, spreading awareness about the importance of keeping files safe and accessible with the most secure, cost-effective solution out there: Online backup.

    Data Loss: It Could Happen to You

    World Backup Day poses a simple but important question: What if you lost everything? Believe it or not, data loss can happen to you, and in a variety of unexpected ways.

    You might think the likelihood of your computer being destroyed by your own doing, for instance, is slim. In reality, 29% of data disasters are accidental. That means if your computer, tablet or phone is destroyed, the cause can easily be spilled coffee or slippery hands in the bathroom; little things that can happen anytime to anybody. Other common accidents include virus infection, file corruption and accidental erases. And that’s not to mention natural disasters and deliberate threats. In any case, if you didn’t backup, that means whatever you had on your device is gone for good.

    Considering the average household owns at least 5 devices, it’s clear that backing up is a necessity today. But what’s the best solution?

    How Online Backup Saves Your Data

    There’s more than one way to backup, including backing up to external drives like hard disks or even tapes. However, the most secure, affordable, and convenient solution is online backup.

    While maintenance and replacement fees for external storage devices can get pricey, online backup users aren’t subject to these extra costs. Users simply pay an annual or monthly service fee. With plans as low as $44.62/year for 2TB (1TB of storage + 1TB of sync), and the capability to backup an unlimited number of devices at no additional fee, IDrive is the most cost-effective online backup solution available. With IDrive, you can backup your entire network of devices without emptying your wallet.

    So this week, when you take the World Backup Day pledge to keep your files backed up, make sure to choose the best backup solution out there: IDrive.
    Note: This page is not officially supported or endorsed by World Backup Day.

  • Backup Your Synology NAS Device with IDrive

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    Synology network-attached storage allows you to store and serve files across your entire network, but having locally stored data also means all your files can be lost if your NAS device is compromised by a crash, virus or other forms of data loss. That’s why IDrive developed a way to protect your NAS device with our Synology backup application, seamlessly managing backups and restores of your network data and ensuring business-continuity through disasters.

    IDrive’s Synology app provides a safety net from which you can quickly restore your network after a crash or other disaster. But our intuitive interface also enables you to easily schedule automated or manual backups and restores of your NAS device, receive email notifications when these tasks are complete, and view logs of all your activity. You can also create multiple backup and restore sets for different elements of your network. With IDrive’s Synology backup, managing data across your entire network is just as simple as it is secure.

    All the data you back up using IDrive is also encrypted with military grade 256-bit AES encryption, with the option of choosing a unique private key to which only the user has access.

    For more information on how IDrive’s Synology backup app can help your business, check out Dave Mitchell’s 4-star review on IT Pro.