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  • It’s World Backup Day! Is your Data being Protected?

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    Did you know that 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses each month? Or that 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute? As per the World Backup Day website, losing your files is way more common than you might think. So why is it that a whopping 30% of the affected people have never backed up anything? What those people don’t seem to realize is that one small accident or disaster can end up costing them all the precious data that’s important to them, and this could all be avoided with a reliable online backup solution.

    Don’t Wait for Disaster to Strike to Protect your Data

    The purpose of World Backup Day is to encourage people to think about this question: What if you lost everything? From important documents, precious memories like photos or videos, critical business info, contacts, emails and much more, everything is stored digitally. The loss or destruction of a device could end up costing you much more than just financially.

    You might think that data disasters could never happen to you since you’re so careful and experienced with your devices, but the harsh reality is that 29% of data disasters are caused purely by accident. Whether it’s going swimming with your phone in your pocket or spilling some coffee on your computer, accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and most of the time that’s all it takes to wipe out your data. Not to mention natural disasters and deliberate threats such as computer viruses or ransomware, there are numerous ways your data can be compromised that are entirely out of your hands.

    How can IDrive Online Backup help?

    There are plenty of ways you can backup your data such as, to external drives or tapes. But the most secure, convenient, and affordable way is an online backup solution like IDrive.

    Using external drives works for some, however it is not usually the most effective method to protect against all disasters seeing as the hard drive is housed in the same location as the data. If a fire wipes out your office building, it is taking your backup drive with it, leaving you with nothing but ashes and regret that you didn’t try IDrive sooner. Another benefit of online backup is that you don’t have to manually push the data to your hard drive, as you can schedule backups and have them run automatically as long as your computer has an active internet connection.

    Sign up today to get started!

  • Introducing RemotePC Team Plan for Businesses

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    Remote access for businesses increases productivity by enabling employees to get work done even when they are out of the office. Collaborating, training, troubleshooting, and more can all be done from a separate location, ultimately saving money on travel costs and office space. Another benefit is employees can have constant, up-to-date access to their company’s products, services, and inventory, improving efficiency and leading to increased revenue.

    The new Team Plan by RemotePC is the perfect plan for business remote access. Users can now sign up as an admin, which will provide them with plenty of features to help manage and organize their network of remote computers. With this plan, admins can now do the following, all within their browser:

    • Using the Dashboard, organize users into teams, manage remote access rights for connected computers, and view session/activity logs.
    • Create teams for easy user management and to manage their remote access rights.
    • Add an unlimited number of users by inviting them to create an account within the main account.
    • Take advantage of easy set-up, with the user-friendly interface ensuring no additional training for users.

    RemotePC is already a highly business friendly service, including features that help users to stay connected to their faraway computers remotely such as:

    • Always-on Remote Access — configure your business computers for remote access so that users can take complete control of remote computers of the internet anytime.
    • One-time Instant Access — enable associates to access a remote computer one-time by sharing a unique access ID and key
    • Web Viewer — a web-based interface to access remote computers from your web browser, without any software requirements.
    • Mobile Access — with mobile apps for iOS and Android, connecting to your computers when on the go is just a click away.

    RemotePC Team plan starts at $249.75 (reg. $499.50) for the first year for access to 100 computers. If access to more computers are needed, it is available upon request. Sign up today!

  • Backup your Office 365 Data with IDrive Online Backup

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    Office 365 is widely utilized as a way of ensuring people can access full versions of Microsoft Office applications from multiple devices, along with having the ability to share and edit documents from anywhere. As a share and sync service this is great, however it’s hugely important to not make the mistake of thinking that your data is completely protected from all cyber threats.

    We’re happy to introduce our new cloud to cloud backup feature for Office 365 data stored within OneDrive. Microsoft already provides file sync and share services for Office 365 through OneDrive, which ultimately ensures that user data can’t be lost, however this still does not protect your critical files from user errors or malicious behavior such as ransomware. This is where IDrive comes in.

    With the addition of this new feature, IDrive now has the capability of performing backups from multiple Office 365 accounts all into a single IDrive account, protecting users from data loss scenarios that are not covered by Microsoft.  For example, if an Office 365 file is corrupted, it will be corrupted across all synced user devices, making that file unrecoverable. With IDrive, previous versions of files are retained so users can easily restore and pick up where they left off.

    Here’s more on how IDrive can help you protect your Office 365 data:

    • Backup via the web — backup data from multiple Office 365 accounts all into a single IDrive account, protecting you against data loss scenarios that are not covered by Microsoft.
    • Incremental Backups — IDrive does incremental backups, meaning that after the initial backup is completed, subsequent Office 365 backups will only include the data that has been changed or modified since the last backup. IDrive personal plans allow you to retain up to 10 versions of files for recovery.
    • Security — All user data is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption during transfer and storage with an optional private key, not stored anywhere on IDrive’s servers.
    • Restore via the web — View the Office 365 accounts that were backed up and restore data directly to your OneDrive account or download the data instantly to their computer.
    • Compliance — Office 365 backup via IDrive adheres to most data security and compliance requirements, as data is encrypted on storage.

     

    Sign up today to protect your Office 365 data!

  • RemotePC: Access and manage your remote computers from any iOS or Android device with RemotePC

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    Having the ability to remotely manage and access your computers really comes in handy in a variety of situations. Whether you are out of the office and need to work on something, or you need to support your associates from a distance, with RemotePC all you need is a device with an internet connection.

    Don’t have access to a computer when you’re on the move? Not a problem. With RemotePC’s mobile apps for iOS and Android, you can be sure that wherever you go, you can view and manage your work or personal computer.

    Features of RemotePC mobile applications include:

    • Flexibility — work on documents, including emails, while you are on the move. You can also work from home by accessing your office computer
    • Secure Access — communication between your mobile devices and your office/home computer is encrypted using TLS v 1.2 / AES-256 encryption
    • Ensure Privacy — make the screen of your remote computer blank during a remote session, to prevent others from glancing at your activities on the remote computer
    • Improved Productivity — Work from anywhere. Even if your computer is logged off, you can reboot and reconnect your remote machine using your mobile devices
    • Extended keyboard — an extended keyboard with all function keys to access your remote PC from your mobile.

    RemotePC mobile application for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Supports Android mobile devices with version 3.0 or later.
    Sign up today to start conveniently accessing and managing your remote computers!

  • IDrive has Launched IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) Software for Amazon Web Services

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    We’re happy to announce that we have expanded IDrive Vault (Private Cloud), now capable of being deployed in AWS, leveraging Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) and Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2).

    IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) acts as a safehouse for user data, now bringing the benefits of Amazon Web Services to go along with the simplicity of the IDrive software. This gives users a dedicated infrastructure for easy access to their data within their geographic region, combined with the peace of mind that their data is protected in the AWS cloud.

    This is especially useful for business users outside of the U.S. who may be required by law to store their data in the same region they conduct business in. Now users have ultimate control over the exact location in which their data is stored, keeping it close by for faster backups and restores.

    IDrive has a growing number of business users worldwide who require faster backups and restores of their most important data. Combining IDrive with AWS offers true on-demand scalability, region specific backup, and a host of other features that cannot be found in other solutions.

    Pricing for the IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) software for AWS is $1000 per year. IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) software for AWS is deliverable via download.

  • RemotePC Vs Competitors: Why RemotePC by IDrive is best solution for your Remote Access needs

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    Sometimes with technology things don’t exactly go according to plan. At times you might need your IT specialist to troubleshoot an urgent issue you are having, but what if he/she can’t come onsite? How can they access your computer from a separate location and fix the problem? Or what happens if you go on vacation and you notice something is not quite right on your work computer, what can you do? With a remote access solution such as RemotePC by IDrive, your IT specialist can provide support from anywhere with an internet connection, and you can have peace of mind knowing that when you take some time off, you can still access your work computer if you need to.

    When choosing a solution, it’s important that you choose a service that has all the features you need at a price you can afford. Let’s take a look at some of the features offered by RemotePC that our competitors do not so you can make the best decision for your remote access needs.

    RemotePC vs GoToMyPC:

    • With RemotePC, you can access computers through the web from anywhere, meaning that only the computer being accessed needs to have the software installed. With GoToMyPC, you must have the software installed on all computers.
    • RemotePC allows users to record remote sessions for later reference, while GoToMyPC does not have the option to record.
    • Pricing: RemotePC starts from $17.38 for the first year for access to 10 computers. GoToMyPC charges $134 for 1 computer yearly.
    • RemotePC offers 1TB of IDrive’s Award Winning Backup Service to go with your subscription free of charge. GoToMyPC does not offer backup.

    RemotePC vs LogMeIn:

    • RemotePC can transfer files with the remote computer without establishing a connection. With LogMeIn, a connection must be established between the computers in order to transfer files.
    • With RemotePC, users can record remote sessions on all platforms to save to your local computer for future reference. LogMeIn only allows this feature on Windows.
    • For RemotePC, the software only needs to be installed on the computer being accessed, while LogMeIn requires the software to be installed on all computers.
    • Pricing: RemotePC starts from $17.38 for the first year for access to 10 computers. LogMeIn individual plan costs 249.99 for access to 2 computers.

    RemotePC vs TeamViewer:

    • With RemotePC, no software needs to be installed on your local computer, only the computers being accessed. With TeamViewer, software needs to be installed on all computers.
    • With RemotePC you can print documents and images on remote computers from anywhere, on any platform. TeamViewer only offers this feature on Windows.
    • Pricing: TeamViewer plans start at $849 yearly for unlimited host computers, 1 connection and access from 3 remote devices.
    • RemotePC comes with 1TB of IDrive’s Award Winning Backup Service to go with your subscription. TeamViewer does not come with backup.

    As you can see, RemotePC by IDrive is not only the most affordable solution by far, but it also comes packed with features that will make your remote access experience a simple and seamless one.

    Get started today!

  • 4 Ways to Make the Most of Cloud Backup in 2017

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    We already know that a reliable online backup solution can end up saving you big money by protecting you from data loss, but how can you make sure that your backup company of choice is giving you the most bang for your buck? Let’s take a look at some features you should be looking out for to make your backup experience as seamless as possible:

    1. Backup ALL of your devices, with no added cost

    Most backup companies will give you an unlimited amount of storage space and let you backup just one of your devices into that space. However, if you want to backup a phone, laptop, and computer into your account for instance, those companies will charge you an extra fee per device.

    These days, people are using more electronic devices than ever before, so a solution that allows users to backup all of their devices into a single account without the added cost, such as IDrive, can be a much more cost-effective and efficient method of protecting your data if it is spread across multiple devices.

    2. Protect mobile data with Android and iOS Apps

    A lot of us have a ton of important data such as contacts, pictures, videos, calendar events and more stored on our phones, and a lot of this data is difficult (if not impossible) to recover if something disastrous were to happen to that device. With the IDrive Mobile Application for iOS and Android, users can backup all that data and more with a single click, and rest easy knowing their mobile devices are protected.

    3. Save valuable time with upload seeding

    So you’ve signed up for a backup solution, but now you have the unenviable task of completing that large initial backup to the cloud, which could take days, sometimes weeks, to complete. Speed up the process with upload seeding through our IDrive Express service. We’ll send you a temporary hard drive, you upload your data on it, send it back to us in a pre-paid package and we’ll put the data right on our servers, saving you the trouble.

    4. Stay informed using reporting tools and manage backups on far-away computers

    You aren’t always going to have immediate access to your desktops that are being backed up, so what happens if something goes wrong? With IDrive’s reporting tools, you can keep an active watch on the health of your backups including activity reports and backup status reports. On vacation and you see something’s not quite right? No problem, just login to IDrive through the web and manage backups, restores, application settings, and more on all your far-away computers.

    Yes, an online backup solution can sometimes be expensive, but you can keep those costs down if you pick a solution that fits your specific needs, and the price pales in comparison to the price of recovering from a data disaster. It’s critical that when choosing a solution, you are aware of all the features being offered that can end up saving you valuable time and money.

    Sign up for IDrive today to get started.

  • The IDrive Vault Line is Here! 3 New Appliances Bringing Backup On-premises and to the Cloud

    We have some exciting news to share! Recovering from data disasters has never been easier, as IDrive has officially released the IDrive Vault line of backup appliances for businesses, bringing secure cloud backup on-premises for faster restores without sacrificing the protection offered by the IDrive Cloud. The three different options are IDrive Vault (Private Cloud), IDrive Vault (Image Backup with Bare Metal Restore), and IDrive Vault (Snapshots), so read on to find out which one works best for your business backup needs.

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    IDrive Vault (Private Cloud) is an on-premises backup solution with the flexibility to access and manage your data from anywhere, as most businesses have a need to keep their data easily accessible. Features include:

    • Familiar interface to IDrive Cloud Backup, minimizing learning curve for existing users.
    • Use the IDrive Dashboard to manage backups, user accounts, and backup sets from anywhere.
    • Supports up to 100 users, scalable and customizable for higher usage.
    • Pre-configured rack-mountable servers delivered to your doorstep.
    • Data is encrypted on storage for added protection.
    • Vault (Private cloud) pricing starts at $2,000 for 6TB of space.

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    IDrive Vault (Image with Bare Metal Restore) is a disk image backup and bare metal restore solution that allows users to create a copy of their entire hard drive including the operating system along with the system state and application configurations.  More features include:

    • Users can maintain a ready to use Bare Metal Restore capability with each file-based backup.
    • Restore data using a pre-configured boot CD or USB drive.
    • Restore entire computer or just restore individual files as required.
    • Access Vault server to manage backups, review backup details and stats, and more through a centralized web console.
    • Pricing for IDrive Vault (Image with Bare Metal Restore) starts at 6TB for $2,000 for the first year and includes 6TB of cloud backup space.

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    IDrive Vault (Snapshots) allows users to protect data locally on the Vault appliance for faster restores then select data to back up to the cloud for recovery in case of a disaster. More features of Vault (Snapshots) include:

    • Once an initial backup is done to the Vault appliance, it continues to recognize the modified parts of files in your backup set and backs them up in real-time.
    • Use a centralized console to easily add employees or departments and help them backup their data to the Vault appliance.
    • Supports up to 25 users.
    • Perform backups of running databases and servers including MS SQL and MS Exchange
    • Pricing starts at $1,000 for 4TB for the year and includes 4TB of cloud backup space

    With IDrive’s Vault line of products, you have the convenience of on-site backup for faster restores, along with the protection of the IDrive Cloud, ensuring that your business can recover from all data disasters. Sign up today!

  • Cloud Backup vs Cloud Storage: What’s the Difference?

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    Cloud backup. Cloud storage. Same thing right? This is just one of many myths and misconceptions regarding online backup, but it is an important concept to understand when deciding how you want to protect, sync, and share your data, so let’s dig a little deeper.

    What’s Cloud Storage?

    Cloud storage providers such as DropBox, Google Drive, and OneDrive are services that allow users to store, access, share, and sync data over the Internet. They allow users to sync selected data across multiple devices by uploading them to the cloud, making it a useful tool for collaborating with coworkers and sharing files with friends and family. However, cloud storage is generally limited in capacity and is not recommended as a viable disaster recovery option, especially if you are a business with large amounts of data. Users of cloud storage typically store their data manually, meaning they select when and what they want to push to the cloud on a one off basis. Should you experience data loss, only the few files that you have selected to upload to your account will be recoverable.

    It can also be very risky using a cloud storage solution as a means to backup your important personal data because these service’s primary function is to sync data across all your devices, meaning if a file is corrupted or infected with a virus, it may get synced across the rest of your devices, resulting in the loss of data.

    Comparing Cloud Backup & Cloud Storage

    What’s Cloud Backup?

    Cloud backup services such as IDrive offer many of the same features of cloud storage, including being able to access data from all of your devices and having the ability to share data through a secure link. However, IDrive offers something that cloud storage services do not: full protection of all your data against threats such as natural disasters, theft, viruses, or accidental deletion.

    With IDrive, you can backup all data stored on an unlimited number of devices into a single account by creating offsite copies in real time of your files so they can be recovered in the event of data loss. IDrive recognizes changes made to files in your backup set and automatically backs them up, so if your computer crashes, phone is stolen, or a file is accidentally deleted, no need to worry because you have copies stored elsewhere. This data is also encrypted on transfer and storage, with the option of using a private key, so you can rest easy knowing your data is safe even if your device falls into the wrong hands.

    Another great feature of IDrive that isn’t an option with cloud storage services is True Archiving, meaning that no data will be deleted from your account until you manually delete it or run ‘Archive Cleanup,’ which matches your computer data to your IDrive account. This means that while changes are being made to the files in your backup set in real time, older versions of that file are still readily available in case you need to revert back.

    Now that you know the difference between backup and storage, you can make an informed decision on which service works best for you, but remember, cloud backup is the centerpiece of any viable disaster recovery plan, especially if you run a business.

  • It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Is your Data Protected?

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    The increase in the use of technology in our day to day lives has given us tremendous opportunities for innovation and continues to provide us with new ways to enhance our way of life. However, this increased reliance on technology poses a greater risk to our data, which is why IDrive Online Backup is committed to ensuring that your data is protected in the face of all cyber threats.

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness about keeping your data secure in a connected world. As we know, data can be lost in a variety of ways such as natural disasters, theft, viruses, or a simple mistake. We’ve seen plenty of examples of businesses or consumers suffering data loss due to one of these threats, so how can you be sure that your business and personal data can be recovered?

    One way is to backup all your laptops, PCs, mobile devices, and servers to the cloud with IDrive. By doing this, you are creating off site copies of your most important and precious data, whether it be photos, videos, business files, and much more, ready to be restored from the cloud in case the worst happens.

    Here’s how IDrive can help:

    • Multiple Device Backup — Protect ALL of your devices, from PC to Mac, laptop to desktop, Android to IOS, into one account for one low price.

    • Security and Privacy — Data is secured with 256-bit AES encryption on transfer and storage, with the option of creating a private key for the ultimate level of protection.

    • Manage Computers — Manage your data backups, restore files/folders, modify application settings, view logs and much more remotely from our web-based console.

    • Server Backup — Backup all of your servers and databases with no downtime.

    • Social Media Backup — Protect photos from your Facebook and Instagram accounts, including photos you are tagged in, to make sure those memories last forever.

    Yes, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other 11 months. You should always be sure that your data is being protected, not only to keep private information private, but to give you peace of mind knowing that your data can be recovered no matter what happens. Sign up for IDrive today to get started.