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  • This Halloween, Survive The Horror of Data Loss with Online Backup

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    Halloween’s not just scary awesome. Between the costumes, decorations, party supplies and pumpkin paraphernalia, it’s scary expensive, too. But it makes it all so worth it to document the whole spooky, silly experience of Halloween with memorable photos and videos that we can smile upon later. That’s why this Halloween, while you’re protecting yourself from all manner of ghoulies, you should remember to securely backup your photos and videos in case of data loss, too. Sure. Vampires that disappear in a puff of smoke are pretty spooky. But not as frightening as real family photos that really disappear from your hard drive in a real puff of smoke! That’s real horror.

    As we showed you last Halloween, horror stories of crippling data disasters happen more often than you think. Everyone knows how easy it is to ruin your hard drive just by spilling an ounce of coffee on your computer. But have you considered the more common causes of data loss? Let’s see: Data-eating zombies, flesh-eating cryptoviruses, territorial werewolves – the list could go on. And during the witching hour, anything could happen!

    The best way to protect your Halloween selfies from certain doom is a magical spell called IDrive Online Backup. IDrive offers a 256-bit AES encryption with the option of choosing a magical private key that can keep even Frankenstein’s monster out of your data. So folks, remember this Halloween: Memories, like brains, can be eaten by zombies. Data, when protected by IDrive, can last a lifetime.

  • Switching Between Phones? Cross Over With IDrive Mobile Backup

    So a lot of folks will be upgrading their phones (and, ahem, wrist watches) in the coming months, with many making the big leap to a whole new platform. We understand this poses a challenge for those whose SIM cards won’t be compatible with their new phones, and who will need to use online backup to transfer contacts, videos and photos between devices.

    After all, how does one backup their contacts from one device, and restore them on a totally different device, without their head exploding?

    The answer is IDrive’s mobile app. It allows you to safely backup and restore your mobile data between devices, such as Android and iOS, with just one touch.

    This cross-platform solution is not just simple and affordable, but secure. IDrive uses military grade 256-bit AES encryption, with a private key option, to keep your selfies protected. That’s like having your own personal bodyguard watching your house while you sleep.

    To backup your mobile data, simply:

    1. Download IDrive’s mobile app on your soon-to-be retired device
    2. Go to the “Backup” screen
    3. Tap the “Backup” icon

    To restore your mobile data, simply:

    1. Download IDrive’s mobile app on your flashy new smartphone
    2. Go to the “Access and Restore” screen
    3. Tap the “Restore” icon next to the file you wish to access

    So if you want to keep a close eye on your Phone contacts, photos, videos and more, IDrive is the easiest, most secure way to do it.

  • iOS8 Compatibility Issue May Effect IDrive Camera Uploads. Here’s the fix!

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    Houston, we have a compatibility issue! iOS8 users who have downloaded IDrive’s app may experience duplicate uploads of their photos.

    Apple’s default photo album name, which was called “Camera Roll” in previous versions, has been changed to “Recently Added” in iOS8. Thus IDrive may recognize these re-named versions of your photos as unique images and try to upload them again.

     

     

    We are currently working on fixing this issue with a new version of IDrive. Until then, we recommend that you:

    •  Disable “Auto Camera Upload” on the “Backup” screen.
    •  Deselect your “Photos” and “Videos” folders while doing a “Backup All” from the “Backup” screen.

    While you should hold off on backing up your “Recently Added” photo album, you can still safely upload pictures in other albums by manually selecting them in your “Photos” and “Videos” folders.

    We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.

  • Private key encryption: The Ultimate Cloud Protection

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    Privacy is in the headlines again, but this time it’s not spy agencies that have been snooping on phones, but opportunistic hackers. Over the last few days, a large number of celebrity photo leaks have resulted in one of the most public instances of privacy violation. Even when protecting your data by storing it off-site, there are risks – it can only not happen to famous celebrity, but also you!

    The best way to protect your data when it’s stored off site is with private key encryption. Private keys, as opposed to public/default keys, are unique identifiers that you select to encrypt your data. When the data is encrypted with private keys, no one but the keyholder has the ability to unlock the data.  Think of it like storing a safe in a bank vault. That way, even if the bank gets robbed, they can’t open up your safe.

    As a reminder to all of our IDrive users and new customers, IDrive offers private key encryption in addition to your password, with private key you will be the only one having the access to your data. Not even IDrive employees can access your files, this is the ultimate level of protection from prying eyes. You can learn more about our encryption process here.

    Even more important is mobile protection – and IDrive has that covered as well. IDrive is one of the only services that allows you to securely upload your photos, videos, contacts, and more – and have the same 256-bit AES private key encryption. With private key encryption, your data stays yours.


    Private key encryption is available for no extra cost and can be selected when accessing your IDrive account for the first time.

    Photo courtesy Vera Kratochvil

  • IDrive has backed up a Billion Mobile Contacts!

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    A million isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A billion….

    Just like those famous words in the Facebook movie The Social Network, we here at IDrive have reached a big milestone, we have backed up a billion mobile contacts!

    With our award winning mobile backup apps for iOS, Android and Windows, users from all over the world have selected IDrive to backup their contacts. As staying in touch with family and friends is such an important part of our daily lives, protecting those contacts is vital.

    We want to thank all of our new and loyal IDrive users who have helped us achieve this! IDrive will continue to offer the best in online backup and mobile backup and will always be on the leading-edge of mobile backup technology.

  • IDrive’s Review Roundup

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    In case you missed them when they were originally released, we’re recapping some of the flattering reviews we’ve received recently. We truly appreciate the kind words from such reputable sources.

    Here are some of the highlights:

    PCWorld – 5/23/14

    “If there’s online backup that could be called ‘full-service’ it’s venerable IDrive. Not only does IDrive provide traditional backup, real-time backup, file sharing, and syncing files across multiple PCs and devices (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android), it’s one of the few services that still offers a free 5GB account.” – Jon L. Jacobi

    Lifehacker – 3/27/14:

    “IDrive offers some compelling features you don’t typically find elsewhere. You can set your own encryption key for your data, which means extra protection for both your backups and your synced folder. Also, the free IDrive Express service makes it faster to backup and retrieve your data: Upon request, IDrive will send you an external drive you can transfer up to 3 TB of data to; send it back and they’ll upload the data for you. You can similarly request a storage device to retrieve your data off of. I played with the service a bit this week and found backups to be quick and simple.” – Melanie Pinola

    Wired – 11/25/13:

    “Having tried my share of cloud-based backup services, I see the IDrive Express service as something that’s certainly worth the price. It’s convenient and easy, and it provides peace of mind. That you can backup multiple computers and devices adds to its appeal. It’s a common-sense solution to time-consuming online backups.” – Michael S. Lasky

    Notebook Review – 11/8/13:

    “IDrive is packed with useful features such as continuous backup, incremental backup, archiving, 256-bit encryption, and IDrive Express. It is a fully featured and easy-to-use online backup solution. We found it simple to set up IDrive on a PC and start a backup. The user interface in both the desktop application and the web browser are straightforward and concise. One of IDrive’s strongest features is incremental backups. IDrive checks all of the right boxes for a solid, fully featured online backup solution, and we’re happy to recommend it.” – Charles P. Jefferies

    PCMagazine – 9/6/13:

    “IDrive’s app, working together with its Web interface and apps for PCs, Macs, and Android devices, really does put you in control over what you want to back up and where and how you want to access and share it. All the interfaces are clear and pleasant, and the service offers definite advantages over iCloud and Gdrive. There’s a heck of a lot to like about IDrive: Since it does some things that none of the alternatives do, it earns a 4 out of 5 star rating and a PCM Editors’ Choice.” – Michael Muchmore

    We’re always excited to share such positive feedback, as it fuels us to continue to consistently improve our service offering.

  • 50GB of Backup + 50GB of Sync space for less than $1 per year with your iOS Device

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    Along with our recent IDrive Sync Launch, we improved our existing service plans by increasing storage without changing our pricing.

    We’re now offering even more options for increased storage with our most recent: Mobile Backup Plans. Users get 100GB of storage (50GB of Backup + 50GB of Sync space) for $0.99 per year, available when you sign up via iOS or Android app only. This great offer isn’t just for the first year, either. The price is permanent.

    We previously released the offer for Android (you can still sign up for that too, if you haven’t already, see details here), but now iPhone and iPad users can take advantage of the offer as well. Plus, once you purchase the plan, you can link an unlimited number of computers and devices to a single account to make sure all of your data is secure.

    The iOS IDrive app was selected as the winner of PC Mag’s Editors’ Choice Award because of its excellent features:

    • Backup and Restore contacts, photos, videos, and calendar with a single tap.
    • Sync – upload frequently accessed files to sync between all linked devices. Access and download files already synced.
    • Link an unlimited number of devices to a single account and access them from anywhere.
    • Selectively backup and restore only the stuff you need.
    • Share a single file/folder or multiple files/folders with anyone using a single link. Set permissions and passwords.
    • Automatic mobile upload protects your photos and videos as soon as they are taken via wi-fi or cellular data (if you choose).
    • Data is kept secure and encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.
    • Optional private key encryption, so no one but you can access your data.
    • Lock the app with a passcode.
    • Unlink a device which is lost or stolen from the app.

    You can purchase this $0.99/yr plan through our IDrive iOS app or Android app.

     

  • 100GB for less than $1 per year! An Android Only Plan!

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    We recently launched Sync for IDrive and offered additional storage for the same low price plans.

    Launched today is our Android Only storage plan, which will give users 100GB of cloud storage (50GB backup & 50GB sync) for .99 cents per year.

    If you’re getting ready to purchase the new Samsung Galaxy s5 which launches on April 11, this is a great option.

    IDrive’s Android app allows you to backup and restore your mobile data with a ‘single tap’ and ensure all of your contacts, photos, videos, SD card files, call logs, calendar, text messages, and apps are protected. Some other key features include:

    • Sync files and folders right from your mobile! Synced files will automatically appear on all linked devices. You can also access and download files already synced.
    • Backup and sync unlimited number of devices into a single account and access them from anywhere.
    • Selectively backup and restore only the stuff you need.
    • Share a single file/folder or multiple files/folders with anyone using a single link. Set permissions and passwords.
    • Automatic mobile upload protects your photos and videos as soon as they are taken via wi-fi or cellular data (if you choose).
    • Data is always secure and fully encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.
    • Optional private key encryption

    And, just to clarify: This amazing $0.99/yr pricing is permanent, not just for the first year. You can purchase this plan through our IDrive Android app.

     

  • Mobile device backup…in just one touch

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    In this rapid, technology driven world it can be difficult to keep up with all the innovations and stay up-to-date with every new version or release. But, every now and then, something new comes along that you just can’t afford to miss. IDrive has put its best foot forward to give you an amazing Mobile experience.

    The new One Touch backup and restore app makes it so easy, with just a single touch, to store all of your mobile data in our cloud.

    Life has become so simple. Technology puts everything at our fingertips. Want pizza? Dial the number or just place your order online. Reheat your food by pressing a button on the microwave. Want to backup the data on your mobile devices? That’s easy too, just one touch and it’s done.

    IDrive has made it as easy as it can possibly get for you to quickly and securely backup and restore your data. It just takes a moment to tap the backup or the access and restore button. All your photos, videos, contacts, and calendar events are backed up without interrupting your phone use. (For Android, backup is also available for call logs, apps, SD cards, and SMS.)

    Explore the home screen

    The home screen has four quick access tabs. Backup stores your important data onto the cloud, while Access and Restore allows you to access your account data and restore it, if necessary. You can also share, copy, move, and delete data using this tab. Shortcuts makes it easier for you to access important files and folders quickly. View account info, change passwords, logout, and even upgrade your account with the Settings tab.

    There’s more!

    The Auto camera upload option, when turned on, uploads all the photos and videos existing in your phone and continues to automatically upload new photos or videos as and when you capture the moments.

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    Selective backup allows you to choose which files you want to backup. Uncheck any folders you don’t need to backup. (As a default setting, all the folders are selected for backup.) You can also choose specific photos and videos for backup.

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    Access and Restore lets you access data backed up from other devices as well as restore it. So now, you can restore the data backed up from your desktop onto your mobile device, and vice versa.

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    IDrive is especially excited about the release of One Touch because of its cross-platform and cross-device capabilities. These new features make IDrive the only provider that allows you to backup your contacts and photos on your iPhone and restore them to your Android tablet and vice versa. You never have to worry about platform compatibility again!

    It’s so easy, right?  Check it out by downloading the app today!

    With IDrive’s new One Touch, backups are quick as a snap.

    We’re all in a rush, but everyone has time for one little tap.