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  • Top 5 – Reasons your SMB needs IDrive Online Backup

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    Every year, your business adds more and more data; this includes things like financial documents and customer data. At IDrive, we know that invaluable data like this needs to be protected from loss. In addition to the original or hard copy of your data, you should also keep a backup. The perfect solution is this: keep copies of your critical data in cloud storage, online. Here are the Top 5 reasons that IDrive Online Backup is the best choice for your small business.

    5.) Compliance

    Some businesses need to meet industry compliance, or to keep historical records for a period of time. IDrive is definitely the way to go. Unlike other companies, IDrive is an archival service; we never delete your data once it’s uploaded – it has to be deleted manually. We don’t delete files after they haven’t been updated for some arbitrary period of time.

    4.) Data Availability

    If the worst happens and you lose the original data, you need to get back up and running right away. With IDrive, you can install the software on another device, restore your most critical information, and be back up and running as fast as you can download. For business customers, we even offer a fast restore service; we’ll ship you a physical drive of your data, at no cost to you.

    3.) Remote Manage

    What happens if you’re out of the office and need to make sure that certain files are backing up, and to start backing them up if they aren’t? IDrive offers a powerful remote management feature that allows business customers to do just that. Peace of mind that your critical files are safe in the cloud, that’s what you get.

    2.) Security

    Files transferred to IDrive’s world-class data centers are encrypted before ever leaving your device. We use industry-standard 256-bit AES encryption to do so. Additionally, every customer has the ability to create a private encryption key – some customers are required to do so to meet compliancy/legal requirements. If you set this optional security feature, then nobody – not even us – will be able to decrypt your data without that key.

    1.) Cost Effective

    Our software and hardware infrastructure has been custom designed from the ground up to be the best cloud backup solution on the market. We wrote the software ourselves, and all of our hardware is self-owned rather than reselling another company’s infrastructure. As a result, we pass these savings on to our customers, offering the best value for minimal investment.

    We cannot stress this point enough – back your data up! You can sign up today for a free 5GB account. Completely free, no trial period, no obligation; the only thing you’ve got to lose is your data. 5GB not enough space? Check out our pricing page for more options and start backing up today!

    Questions? Comments? Reply below or drop us a line at publicrelations@idrive.com!

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  • IDrive Feature Spotlight – Remote Manage

    With the newly updated web interface and software, IDrive Online Backup is one of the simplest cloud backup tools out there. Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it isn’t also powerful! This week, we’d like to highlight one of our more powerful features, Remote Manage.

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    What is Remote Manage? It’s a tool that allows you to add or remove items from your backup set, alter your schedule; you can even delete data that you’ve backed up to IDrive. What’s the best part of all this? This tool is available from the web, meaning that you’re able to manage your entire account completely online, without having to go to each individual device! Please note, however, that the device you’d like to manage must be turned on and must have an active Internet connection.

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    If you have computers in multiple locations, then this is a super important feature! All you have to do is log in to your IDrive account from the website, then you can click on Remote Manage in the list on the left-hand side. From there, you just need to select which device you’d like to change the settings for. Managing your IDrive account has never been easier!

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    Not an IDrive subscriber yet? Sign up today for a free 5GB account, and if that’s not enough space for you, check out our pricing page for more options and start backing up today.

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  • IDrive Top 5 – Reasons You’ve Lost Data

    It’s happened to all of us at some point, that’s why IDrive Online Backup exists. You’re in the groove, putting the final touches on what has got to be the best PowerPoint presentation humanity has ever seen; smooth animations, a catchy jingle, graphs that make sense – even to Dan from Accounting! This is something you’ve been working on for a few weeks, now. You then go to bed, feeling like king or queen of the world.  The next day, something like this happens:

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    5.) Natural Disaster – Earthquake! Overnight, there was a minor quake, some things fell over – you’ll have to get a new frame for your Beatles poster. You get to your PC to get the latest news. It just. Won’t Start. You have an external drive, though! You look around, but it’s fallen off the desk and lies broken near a mass of computer cables. You’re still expected to go to work, but your Magna Carta of PowerPoint? Gone forever.

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    4.) Malicious Act – You get back to your PC, and you see a notification popup telling you that your Anti-Virus of choice had deleted a bunch of files which had become infected with a virus. Dismissing the popup, you go to open the PowerPoint, to bask once more in its glory before heading into work, but it’s disappeared. You remember the popup and go check your AV program. Sure enough, there it is, in quarantine, too sick to restore to your computer.

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    3.) Software corruption – You wake up and head to work, transferring your PowerPoint to a flash drive before you go. It’s finally time for the big moment, you load up the flash drive, go to open the presentation, and the file is corrupt.

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    2.) User Error – After putting the finishing touches on your presentation, you accidentally forget to save the changes made. When you go to close the file the next morning, you absentmindedly click “Don’t Save”. You do a double-take and click like mad to reopen the file, sure enough, 2 hours of work are gone, the presentation is in an hour!

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    1.) Hardware Failure – Done saving my work, I went to sleep. On waking up, I noticed my PC was off, which is a little strange. Pressing the power button, though, didn’t turn it back on. Everything was connected, and my phone charger is on the same power strip, so I know there’s power. That’s when I noticed the acrid smell of a burnt-out power supply. My PC wasn’t turning on again without a new one.

    True story, folks! This really happened to me, in college, my second to last semester, the day I had a project to turn in. Luckily, my hard drive was safe, and I had a lot of my work – but not all of it – backed up online. Fortunately, my professor understood my pain, and I didn’t get marked down too much for having to turn in the project late. If I didn’t have that cloud backup, though, having to re-do all my work would’ve resulted in a rushed, poor quality job with the grade to match, instead of a high B.

    We cannot stress this point enough! Back. Up. Your. Data. You can sign up today for a free 5GB account. Completely free, no trial period, no obligation; the only thing you’ve got to lose is your data.

    5GB not enough space? Check out our pricing page for more options and start backing up today!

    Questions? Comments? Reply below or drop us a line at publicrelations@idrive.com!

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  • IDrive Online Backup – Answering Your Questions

    At IDrive, we work hard to make things as simple as possible. Sometimes, though, we take for granted what we think is simple. We invited our customers to ask us questions they’d like to hear answers to. We got tons of submissions – these are the ones that came up most frequently:

     

    Q: How do I look up my invoices?

    A: We have actually added this to our FAQs page! Here are the steps:

    First, click on your username in the upper-right corner of the page. Click on the “Billing Information” link in the Account section of the drop down menu. Now, you should be able to see your billing history, as well as being able to view any historical invoice.

     

    Q: Windows 7 libraries – how does IDrive work with them?

    A: Libraries are a Windows 7 feature that makes it easy to access, categorize, and manage data. That data, however, doesn’t ever actually leave its original location, unless it gets moved, so the file path telling the computer where that data is, doesn’t change.

     

    IDrive tries to mirror the file path structure of the computer it’s installed on, but we don’t back up the library configuration. As a result, your data will be available, but you’ll have to recreate the library in case of a catastrophic data loss.

     

    Q: Are there plans to integrate IDrive and IDriveSync?

    A: Currently, there are no plans to integrate the IDrive and IDriveSync services because they’re designed to meet different needs:

    · IDrive is a secure offsite backup meant for disaster recovery. Files are backed up on schedule, and should be accessed in case of data loss, or to restore from an earlier file version in case of some kind of disaster, digital or otherwise.

    · IDriveSync was built specifically to address the need to easily access files quickly from multiple devices. With IDriveSync, your files are automatically downloaded to all linked machines, so you can access them in an instant. Files can also be shared easily through services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or private emails. You can use it to access files that’ll be needed in multiple places, without having to remember to email it to yourself or carry around a flash drive.

     

    Q: My backup occasionally takes a long time to complete! Why does this happen?

     

    A: This depends on a number of factors, but the biggest ones are:

     

    • Do you have new data that hasn’t been backed up before? If you have a lot of new data to back up, the full file gets uploaded to our servers. Later backups take much less time than an initial backup because later backups are incremental; after the initial backup, we will only back up the small portions of files that were changed. If no change happened since last time a file was backed up, then we can skip it and move on!

    • How fast is your upload speed? A lot of people have super fast download speed, because downloading is how most people use data. Viewing a website, reading email, viewing some kind of streaming media, playing a game online, all of these are activities where download speed is important. Upload speeds are where most people don’t have as much bandwidth available. Check with your service provider to see how fast an upload speed you’re getting (and remember, the speed they quote you will probably be a “maximum” speed, and not an average.)

     

    Q: Please explain this contradictory message at the IDrive website:

    “Enter the encryption key to access data. Provide the same encryption key set by you during your first login.”

    And then “Do not share the encryption key to ensure your data security.”

    A: The first message will only appear when logging in to the website, because the data is non-recoverable without your key. You’ll need to enter your private key in order to decrypt, view, and/or restore that data. Entering the key into the site is not “sharing” the key, basically all you’re doing is putting in the correct key to unlock the safe – only YOU should have the key. Sharing the key refers to actually giving out the private key to other people, which would sort of defeat the point of having a private key at all!

     

    That’s all for this round of Q&A, hope we’ve been able to help! Have a question we didn’t get to, or some general comments? Drop us a line at publicrelations@idrive.com!

     

    You can sign up today for a free 5GB account, or check out our pricing page if you need more space. Start backing up today!

     

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  • Top 5 Reasons to Add Online Backup to your Routine

    Fun Fact: World Backup Day is March 31st. Chances are, you – or someone you know – has had the unfortunate experience of losing important data. Every day someone’s hard drive bites the dust (somehow, this happens more often to college students right around finals. Weird right?). Save yourself the headache with IDrive Online Backup. Not convinced? Here’re our Top 5 reasons to include Online Backup in your routine:

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    5. Hardware Failure – Almost everyone has experienced this. One day, you’re working on your computer with no problems. You’re slinging emails like a boss. You’re editing photos better than those photoshopping hacks over at Vogue. You’re kicking digital online ass. Then boom. Your hard drive gives up the ghost and takes all your data down with it. Computers break. Backing your stuff up to the cloud ensures that when something goes wrong, you’re not screwed.

    4. Murphy’s Law – Accidents happen all the time. You have no control over random disasters like spilled coffee on a laptop, or the apocalypse. Trust us. It’ll be much easier to restart your life after the end of the world from a cloud backup.

    3. Automatic – The best part about backing up with IDrive is that you can be lazy about it. Schedule your back-ups and let IDrive do the work. You can even have it send you notifications when a back-up runs! That’s peace of mind for a minimal amount of effort.

    2. Secure – Privacy is a huge concern in the digital age. IDrive stores your files using top-of-the-line, 256-bit AES encryption. That means you don’t have to worry about hackers brute forcing their way to your data. It also means that you’re the only one who can see what files you’re storing.

    1. Data is Valuable – Your data is the most valuable part of your computer. Parts can be replaced, but those incriminating self shots, extensive library of polska albums and embarrassing high school poems are what make it yours. It’s not easy to replace that stuff. Back it up.

    You can sign up today for a free 5 GB account, or check out our pricing page if you need more space. Start today! Questions? Comments? Reply below or drop us a line at publicrelations@idrive.com!

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  • IDrive at RSA Conference 2013

    IDrive is excited to announce participation in the most comprehensive forum on information security – the annual RSA Conference at San Francisco, from February 25th to Mar 1st. Come visit us at booth 359 at Moscone center!

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    We will be announcing new features for our products and will also be running promotions where you can sign up for FREE 25GB accounts at our booth.

    It will be a perfect opportunity for you to come and check out if our online services are a viable option for your data storage and sync needs. If you still haven’t tested IDrive’s redesigned interface, we would be happy to demo it for you or help you with any other questions you might have about our products.

    If you’re not going to be at the event, you can still receive the latest updates from the event on our twitter page, @IDriveBackup.

  • IDrive to Participate in Macworld 2013

    IDrive is thrilled to announce participation in Macworld expo and conference. If you are in San Francisco this January 31st to February 2nd, come meet us at Moscone Center – West Hall Booth 211.

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    We will be featuring our products and apps just out from the assembly line. This would be a perfect event to tell us about how you’ve been using IDrive or improve our services. If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you.

    If you’re not going to be at the event, you can still check out the latest updates from the event on our twitter, @IDriveBackup.

    Come see if IDrive is an option for your needs. Or simply drop by and say hello!

  • A ‘Sign’ of the Times

    Late last week, we got a special delivery here to the IDrive offices. We decided it was time for us to be a little more high-profile, and what better way to do that, than to get a new sign?

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    Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter “e”

    Our intrepid installers brought a hefty lift to make sure they could safely attach the sign to our headquarters, and were quickly up in the air to apply the new sign. Check out the full gallery below!

  • Olympic Season reminds you to back that data up!

    Olympic season is here! The world is keeping its eye on London, where the 2012 Olympics open this Friday. There are other people, however, keeping their eyes on you and your digital devices. According to Venafi, a provider of IT security, an estimated 67,000 phones will be lost or stolen with at least a third of those being smartphones. The amount of data loss with this estimate is a staggering 214 terabytes! This figure isn’t including potential loss or theft of laptops or tablet devices.

    According to Gregory Webb, Venafi’s VP of Marketing, “There’s been an explosion of corporate data available to users from their mobile devices. This is a real danger and one that is often overlooked[.] People don’t consider or take action to protect the vast volumes of information they carry and have internet access to. With the ever-shrinking boundaries between work devices and work-enabled personal devices, lost or stolen smartphones and other mobile devices that fall into the wrong hands place companies and business data at tremendous risk.”

    Now is the best time to start thinking about your critical data and what you can do to safeguard it. At IDrive, we pride ourselves on our secure universal backup services. Backup all of your PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS devices all into one account, so you never end up without critical data in the unthinkable happens.

    IDrive (Online Backup) is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and in the Android Market. Using our app, you can back up contacts, photos, and videos directly from your iOS or Android device! Since data is stored in the cloud, it can be restored later with ease.

    Those interested can create a free IDrive account and store their first 5 GB at no charge.  IDrive Online Backup is available on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

    Sources:

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    LA Times

  • IDrive Introduces Linux Online Backup

    Good news for the Linux enthusiasts out there; IDrive now has a way for you to backup your critical data into the cloud! Today, we’d like to introduce the Linux box Backup script from IDrive.

    To get started backing up your critical data, the first thing you need is an IDrive account. Even a free IDrive account will do, you can sign up quickly and easily right now! Next, just download the script from the IDrive App Gallery and follow the instructions listed to get your backup up and running.

    This plugin was made using IDrive’s EVS public APIs, and an excellent example of a real-world application using the EVS APIs. Built with developers in mind, EVS is a powerful, easy to use service that provides secure, encrypted and versioned cloud storage. Unlike other generic storage systems, IDrive EVS has storage encryption, versioning, and block level incremental transfers built in.

    Developers have the freedom to create innovative applications to customize backup, storage, disaster recovery, and more that are highly efficient, scalable and require minimal coding. EVS was built, in house, from the ground up, for IDrive.  These powerful APIs are freely available, making it easy to upload, retrieve, manage, and store data any time, from anywhere on the Internet.

    Those interested can create a free IDrive account and store their first 5GB at no charge, developers included.  You can create EVS apps for IDrive without the need of a paid account.

    IDrive Online Backup is also available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

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