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  • Lifehacker: IDrive is far more comprehensive than many other online backup services

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    We’ve got another great accomplishment to share! Since earning PC Magazines’ Editors Choice award for the second year in a row, IDrive has earned more high praise, this time from Lifehacker!

    IDrive was recently named as one of Lifehackers’ top choices for Online Backup in 2016So you might ask, why was IDrive named to the top 5? Here’s why:

    • Our Facebook and Instagram backup feature enabling users to backup their tagged Facebook pictures, videos and of course Instagram photos.
    • The new web-based dash that we just released got a strong mention as it offers users the ability to manage multiple computers from anywhere
    • Multi-device backup, which allows for the ability to backup as many PCs, Macs, Servers and mobile devices into one account at one low cost.
    • IDrive Express seeding service
    • IDrive One– Our personal cloud solution that we released earlier this year.

    Thanks to Lifehacker for featuring IDrive!

     

     

  • IDrive Earns PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice For Business Backup

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    We have done it again! Not only is IDrive back to back winners (2015 & 2016) of PC Mag’s Editors’ Choice for top consumer backup solution, we have now earned Editors’ Choice for business backup!  PC Magazine highlighted the following strong points on why IDrive was their top choice:

    Multiple device backup

    With just one account, IDrive allows you to backup all of your devices and store your data in one easily accessible location.

    IDrive Express

    If you have a large amount of data to back up and want to have it done quickly and securely without tying up all your bandwidth, IDrive Express is the ideal solution.

    File Syncing, Sharing and Social media backup

    The File Sync feature of IDrive makes sure that all your files are synced and kept uniform across all your devices.

    IDrive doesn’t just backup all of your personal devices, it can also backup all of your Facebook and Instagram photos.

    Remote management and CDP

    IDrive gives you the capability to manage all of your backups remotely through its web console.

    With CDP, IDrive automatically senses when files are changed and resaves the backups in real time.

    True archiving and hybrid backup

    The IDrive automatic Archive Cleanup process ensures that even once you’ve deleted items from your devices, they are not deleted from your cloud storage.

    IDrive offers a hybrid storage solution by giving you the options of both cloud and local backups.

    IDrive Enterprise and Reporting

    IDrive can back up all of your server data, in addition to making all of your files secure and available across your network of devices.

    IDrive also keeps you informed with built-in reporting tools and a management console.

    “IDrive offers convenient cloud storage for backing up all of your devices, along with a downloadable application tool to make uploading and navigating your files simple.” – PC Magazine

    Thank you to PC Magazine!

  • Manage all your devices easily with our brand new Dashboard!

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    IDrive is excited to announce one of the biggest overhauls ever to our web-portal, our all new Dashboard! The new Dashboard makes it easier than ever for IT Managers, Administrators, and families to easily check on the health of their backups

    With the new Dashboard, you’ll be able to quickly:

    • Manage devices and sub-accounts, and create new sub accounts (for Team, Business, and Enterprise plans)
    • See when the most recent backup was performed, and the result
    • Make changes to backup sets and settings across all devices with the push of a button!

    Viewing sub-accounts and creating new ones is a snap with our new ‘Users’ tab. You can create individual accounts, and even select their encryption type (private or default). If you’ve got a lot of accounts to create at once, we provide an easy template that allows you to import a large number of accounts that will be automatically created!

    The ‘Computers’ tab gives you a quick look at all of the devices attached to your account (and all sub-accounts, for administrators) in one screen you’ll be able to see when the most recent backup was, and whether or not the backup was successful. Clicking on a device lets you remotely manage the settings, backup set, and schedule

    If you want to change settings for more than one device quickly, the ‘Settings’ tab gives you the power to globally update settings, backup sets, and schedules. Simply choose your setting preference, and press the ‘Propagate’ icons to instantly push those updates to all devices. Managing a large number of devices has never been easier with IDrive.

    The new Dashboard is available now, so log into your account at www.idrive.com today to check it out, and let us know what you think! We’re always looking to improve our interface, and your feedback is what helps us the most!

  • Are you Staying Smart? Here’s the Latest on IDrive Smart Docs!

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    It’s been a few months since we released our Smart Docs app and we’re happy to announce its been a hit with IDrive users! We see more and more users everyday leveraging Smart Docs to help them stay up to date on license renewals, passports updates and staying on top on their critical documents.

    We also want to share a recent Smart Docs review done by Macworld!! IDrive users can check it out here: http://www.macworld.com/article/3067856/data-center-cloud/idrive-smart-docs-review-never-again-forget-to-renew-your-driver-s-license.html

    We are always looking to improve our products, so we have some minor bug fixes that are being updated, and discussing more enhancements. Thank you too all our IDrive users who “Staying Smart,” and using Smart Docs to improve their digital organization.

  • Interop is Next Week! IDrive will be there!

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    Interop Las Vegas is upon us, and guess what? IDrive will be there exhibiting our cloud backup solutions. From May 2-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, IT professionals from around the world will be attendance looking for the best storage, security and networking offerings that fit their business needs.

    Here is our Interop lineup:

    IDrive Enterprise– Offering end-to-end endpoint backup, IDrive Enterprise enables large enterprise to securely backup their servers to making their data accessible across a network of computers, smartphones and tablets, IDrive eases enterprise-level backup from beginning to endpoint.

    IDrive One– Your personal cloud for backup and streaming. IDrive One is our latest local backup solution that helps users quickly backup and protect their computer & mobile device data. IDrive One works with the IDrive One app, which is available for iOS and Android allowing users to automatically transfer their videos, photos and music while creating a custom media library, where users can stream their content to a number of multiple devices.

    IDrive Nearline– Our newly launched, affordable, and fast access data archival solution helping large organizations backup and protect large amounts of data at a cost of only 1 cent per GB/month, and unlike other services, IDrive charges no fee for data retrieval.

    Feel free to stop by and chat about our latest innovations in cloud backup! Come visit IDrive at booth #145

  • Introducing IDrive One, The FAST Wireless Storage Drive That Streams

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    Imagine a storage drive that not only protects your data, but lets you access it wirelessly over wi-fi, and even stream videos and music. Our latest cloud backup storage drive, IDrive One, does just that, combining a handful of amazing functionalities in one insanely versatile device.

    IDrive One enables:

    • Local access to data across a lightning-fast wireless connection
    • An extended wi-fi range
    • Military grade encryption with a private key option
    • Storing and streaming of media files, freeing up precious space on your mobile devices

    Here’s what our latest drive has to offer…

    Faster Restores and Streams with SSD

    With added SSD internal drives, IDrive One offers FAST backup and streaming capabilities. Chances are you’ve experienced slow backup or restore speeds that get in the way of your work flow or personal life. To eliminate that slow crawl from your backup experience, we fitted IDrive One with 802.11 AC. AC is the speediest and strongest wireless standard today. Its connectivity travels through more walls with faster speeds and works with both old and new technologies. With a range of up to 150 feet, you’ll never feel tethered to IDrive One as you might with a wired device. Rather than make you wait to transfer your data, AC standard will make for swifter backups and streaming.

    A Big Extension of Your Mobile Storage

    Between all your pictures, videos, and apps, storage can run out fast. With IDrive One, running out of mobile storage is a frustration of a past. That’s thanks to the IDrive One App, enables you to seamlessly transfer your mobile data to the drive, creating space on your devices so you never experience those pesky “out of storage” notifications again.

    Secure local backup

    All data backed up to the IDrive One device is guarded with military grade 256-AES encryption with an optional private key known only to the user, so that no one else can access your data but you.

    Getting Started

    IDrive One is available in two models: 128GB ($99.99) and 256GB ($149.99). Each drive comes with a free year of IDrive’s online backup solution, which keeps your data secure and accessible from anywhere via the cloud. Each drive comes with a year free of IDrive Cloud backup with 1TB of space.

    Order the IDrive One drive that’s right for you today!

     

  • Introducing IDrive Nearline, A More Cost-Effective and Faster Nearline Backup Solution

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    The most cost-effective nearline backup service for backup, data archival, and disaster recovery is here. IDrive Nearline allows you to store an unlimited amount of data for only 1 cent per GB/month, and access it anytime in the span of a second. This solution is perfect for keeping infrequently accessed data protected and instantly accessible on a budget.

    Affordable Data Archiving

    Why pay a fee for both backing up and retrieving data? That was our first question when looking at the status quo of data archival. The purpose of data archival is storing data you need to keep on hand, but not necessarily access frequently. You shouldn’t be charged for one-off retrieval. To spare your bottom line, we scrapped retrieval fees altogether, becoming one of the few archiving solutions to do so.

    Instant response times

    While other solutions like Google and Amazon Glacier offer 3 second and 3-5 hour response times, respectively, IDrive Nearline provides immediate access to your data in under a second.

    Backup Data Faster

    Uploading data yourself takes time and bandwidth. While you’re transferring files from your home or office, there’s not much more your computer can do in the interim. That can slow down business operations that are essential to your revenue.

    Rather than subject users to backup purgatory, we created a fastlane with our Express shipping service. The process is simple. We send you an external drive to load your data onto. You ship the drive back to us and we’ll have your files ready to be accessed.

    Nearline Benefits

    • Saves time, power, bandwidth and other data storage costs.

    • All data is encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption during transit and storage

    • Backup & retrieval client application

    • More affordable when compared to regular backup solutions

    IDrive Nearline is a by-request online backup service, available now.

  • Introducing Smart Docs, the App That Scans Documents, Remembers Renewal Dates

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    Remembering to renew your driver’s license can be a chore. Missing the deadline can be a problem. And a busy life can make it easy to forget. Like a secretary in your pocket, our free app IDrive Smart Docs does the remembering for you, scanning docs straight from your mobile device camera to the cloud, automatically setting reminders for their renewal dates, and neatly filing your documents in easily searchable folders.

    Snap a Photo of Your Document. Smart Docs Does The Rest.

    Smart Docs makes keeping tabs on your paperwork as easy as taking a picture by morphing your mobile device’s camera into a smart scanner with Optical Character Recognition. A sleek interface makes capturing your document easy with an auto edge detection feature that works like a cropping tool.

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    Simply snap a photo of your social security card, for example, and Smart Docs reads and files every little detail, along with a digital copy you can carry with you on your mobile device. These details, which include dates, numbers, names, are then used to create an editable digital record of the document.

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    Once your document is filed, the app will automatically create a reminder to renew it, which you’ll receive a month in advance so you don’t have to worry about getting ticketed or turned away at happy hour.

    All Your Documents in Your Pocket

    Smart Docs not only helps you remember important renewal dates. It gives you mobile access to your documents, eliminating any stress if you don’t have a physical copy on you when you need it. Smart Docs can help you keep track of your most important documents, including:

    • Driver’s licenses
    • Credit cards
    • Passports
    • Health insurance cards

    You can easily file your documents into folders with sub-categories that make finding them fast and simple.

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    Out of the chaos of your paperwork, Smart Docs wrangles your documents into order so you can find them with a quick search.

    Cloud Security

    Smart Docs not only keeps a copy of everything on your device, but in the cloud, where you can access it from anywhere. While physical documents may be easy to take out of your wallet when you need them, they don’t come back once they’re lost or destroyed. With Smart Docs, you can restore digital copies of your documents from the cloud if your phone is lost or crashes. And to keep your documents safe from online theft, Smart Docs secures them with military grade 256-bit AES encryption.

    Get Smart 

    Staying on top of all your paperwork should be a relief, not a pain. Download IDrive Smart Docs on your iPhone or iPad today and take care of business the smart way.

  • How Your Non-Profit Can Fit Online Backup into the Budget

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    Cloud backup can be costly, especially for non-profit organizations with plenty of devices and a limited IT budget. IDrive’s Online Backup for Non-profits can help.

    There are over 150k non-profits in the US, roughly a third of which make no more than $1,000,000 in revenue each year (National Center for Charitable Statistics). Since the cost of data recovery and downtime can be well over the total revenue of many non-profits, storing data offsite with a cloud backup solution is a necessary measure for avoiding the paralyzing, and potentially terminal cost of data loss. 

    In addition to the high price of losing data, non-profits also have to consider the security of the personal information of their donors and benefactors, and the subsequent cyber liability.

    It’s clear that NPOs shouldn’t go without cloud backup. The question is, how do they fit it into a limited budget?

    IDrive Cares About Your Cause

    We believe NPOs shouldn’t have to risk losing their grant applications, charity event details, donor databases, financial statements, membership lists — in other words, the lifeblood of their organization — to stay on budget.

    To help out, we give non-profits 50% off on IDrive, starting at 1TB for $29.95. Once your organization verifies its non profit status, that 50% savings will continue every year, for the life of the account.

    This offer is open to any non-profit with an IRS Determination Letter, and includes a suite of advanced security features to help you not only protect, but better support your cause.

    One Price for Every Device

    When you’re working for a cause with limited funding, every penny matters. And with a whole network of devices, backup can get pricey if the solution you choose seeks to capitalize on the number of devices you need to backup. In fact, most backup solutions will offer you a basic plan for securing one computer, then charge you an additional fee per every extra smartphone, tablet, computer, or server you backup. This is status quo pricing in the backup industry which prioritizes revenue rather than making the solution accessible to anyone regardless of their budget.

    Our multi-device backup plan suits the non-profit budget with an innovative pricing plan. NPOs need only pay one price to backup every device, from server to smartphone. Every cent you save backing up your organization can be invested into the cause for which you fight.

    Security That Sustains

    US non-profits gather the personal information of millions of Americans. That means they carry the responsibility of keeping this data safe.

    To help keep non-profits safe from cyber liability, all data backed up with IDrive is secured with military grade 256-bit AES encryption. This tough encryption is used in the shielding of confidential documents by the US military, and can help your NPO keep the personal information of its benefactors and donors secure from data breaches.

    Data loss can be caused by a variety of threats, from natural disasters to viruses. But none of them can stop you from recovering your data and picking up operations fast if you’re secured with an online backup solution like IDrive. Is your non-profit in need of backup? Try out our proven solution for 50% off today.

  • What’s New At IDrive?

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    It’s been another eventful past few months in the backup world. Here’s the latest news from IDrive…

    Back-to-back Wins of PCMag Award

    Every year PCMag compares the leading backup solutions to find out who’s offering the best cloud backup in the industry. The grading system takes into consideration usability, security, backup speeds, features, and more. For the second year in a row, IDrive won the top spot. To find out why, read Michael Muchmore’s review at PCMag.com.

    IDrive One

    Back in January at CES we announced our latest external storage drive, IDrive One, available soon for IDrive users. This device bolsters your internet connection, using the 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol to boost your in-house network, serves as a versatile local backup device with its 1 or 2TB storage capacity, and lets you stream media directly to your iOS or Android device from up to 150 feet away. Interested? You can read more here.

    Tax Season Security Tips

    This month we offered tips for filing your taxes securely with cloud backup. Topics include curbing identity theft, recovering tax returns after a crash, and an important reminder for TurboTax users. Today, securely filing your taxes is essential. With IDrive, your tax files are kept private, as they should be.

    VMware Backup

    WMware users can now rely on IDrive for backups of their virtual machines. Cloud backup stores your VMs off site so if disaster strikes on the premises, you can recover your data and get business operations running again. All VMs backed up with IDrive are secured with military grade encryption, and a private key option. For more information on VMware backup, click here.

    That’s all for now, but with a spring full of exciting new announcements on the horizon, there’s plenty in store from IDrive.