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


    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?


    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.

  • We’ve Re-polished RemotePC with New Features!


    RemotePC, a remote access solution that enables users to access and manage their PCs and Macs remotely from anywhere boasts an array of features which make it an incredibly helpful tool for I.T. professionals, businesses, and consumers. Since it is platform independent, it gives users instant access to their remote computers from PCs or Macs, and even from mobile devices including iPhones, iPads, and Android Devices, given that the computer being accessed has an active internet connection and RemotePC installed.Some of the NEW features include:

    • Faster File Transfer — users have the ability to effortlessly move files and folders between the local and remote computers.
    • Simplified user interface — a new, more intuitive and easier to manage user interface has been updated with faster and improved connectivity.
    • Collaboration tool — new feature enabling a user to invite another associate to connect to your computer for collaboration or troubleshooting issues.
    • Remote Printing — print documents and images that are on your remote computers from wherever you are.

    RemotePC is very affordable, even allowing users remote access to one computer completely free of charge, as well as offering a few different pricing plans to meet the needs of all types of users.

    Want to learn more? Check out RemotePC today!

  • Upgrading to iPhone 7? Protect your data with IDrive


    Earlier this month Apple officially released the iPhone 7 and if you are an iPhone fan, chances are you are itching to get your hands on one, but switching mobile devices can sometimes be tricky. Needless to say, transferring your contacts, photos, videos, and apps to your new device is very important, and if your device crashes all of these can be lost in the blink of an eye. That’s why IDrive offers award-winning backup for mobile devices, including the latest iOS releases from Apple.

    IDrive users can easily backup the data from their old iPhone to the cloud, then from the cloud to their new iPhone, as well as having the ability to restore all their files and information in the event something goes wrong in the migration process.

    Our iOS App includes some helpful features for backing up your iPhone including:

    • Backup and restore contacts, photos, videos, and calendar events with a single tap

    • Conveniently sync files between all your linked devices

    • Link all your devices to a single account and access your data from anywhere

    • Social media backup, for all your Facebook and Instagram photos

    • Share files and folders over a single, secure link

    Backing up with IDrive not only protects your data when switching to a new device, but your data is also secured with 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key, meaning that if your device falls into the wrong hands, your data stays safe from unwelcome eyes.

    If you’re ready to make the upgrade to iPhone 7, make sure your data is protected with IDrive!

  • September is Disaster Preparedness Month. Are you prepared?


    Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes. What do all of these have in common? Each year they are responsible for data loss that can cripple businesses and destroy personal property such as laptops, desktops, or tablets which contain valuable data including photos, videos, and critical documents. The problem is that a lot of people don’t realize the devastating effect these disasters can have on their access to data until it’s too late. Since September is National Preparedness Month, here at IDrive, we want to make sure that you and your business are ready to recover when any disaster strikes.

    Chances are you’ve either been affected by a natural disaster at some point in your life or you’ve been close to it, and they often occur with little or no warning. That’s why you shouldn’t wait to protect your data so you are prepared for whatever happens.

    Don’t blame Mother Nature for all disasters, however. Some of the most common IT disasters are caused by human beings, including:

    • Viruses and Data breaches

    • Theft

    • Destruction of property

    • Liquid damage (spills)

    These threats can be just as devastating to our digital lives as they are to our personal property. Whatever the case may be, if you backup your data to the cloud it will remain safe from disasters and accessible from any device. Here’s how IDrive can help you prepare:

    • Universal Backup–Backup all of their data from any smartphone, tablet, or computer into a single IDrive account at one low cost.

    • Security and Privacy–Transfer and store your files with 256-bit AES encryption, with the option of a private key so you and only you can access your data.

    • Continuous Data Protection–IDrive automatically recognizes changes made to files in the backup set and backs them up in real-time.

    • Mobile backup–IDrive offers award-winning mobile apps for iOS and Android, allowing users to backup and restore their cell phone data from anywhere.

    Protect your data from disasters with IDrive, today!

  • Manage your Backup Settings with “User Lockdown” for the Enterprise and MSPs


    As you already know, ensuring that your business data is managed properly is a critical aspect of maintaining the stability of your company or organization. That’s why here at IDrive, we want to give all IT administrators the ability to easily manage each and every user and device from a single web admin console.

    If you recall, earlier this year we added a new reporting tool that gives admins a detailed view of all of their sub-accounts. Now, we’ve added another feature to help with user management to IDrive Enterprise accounts.

    “User Lockdown” allows administrators to lock/unlock client desktop settings from the web admin console, making sure that users don’t accidentally make changes to backup settings that they should not be making. This is also an important feature for MSPs who are managing their customers data, as they can make sure their customers settings, etc aren’t being changed.

    The addition of this new feature provides admins with even more control of their enterprise accounts than ever before, and will go a long way in helping businesses maintain the integrity and organization of their data.

    Start your free 30 day trial of IDrive Enterprise today to see how this new feature can help your business!

  • Introducing IDrive Private Cloud, an On-premise Cloud Backup Appliance


    At IDrive, we recognize that a lot of businesses have a need to keep their data on-site but also accessible from separate locations through the cloud. To do this, they require a scalable, high-performance data protection and management solution without increasing overall IT workload.

    IDrive is excited to introduce our newest feature-packed backup appliance, IDrive Private Cloud, a 6TB cloud backup appliance that includes 6TB of cloud backup space. Private cloud offers users the flexibility and speed of on-premise backup so you can recover from a disaster if needed, while having the ability to access and manage your business data from anywhere with an internet connection.

    IDrive Private Cloud boasts a myriad of features and services that make it one of the most cost-effective and user-friendly backup solutions on the market, including:

    • Pre-configured, rack mountable server delivered directly to user’s door ready to plug in
    • Proven IDrive Cloud on-premises for faster backups and restores
    • Secure data using AES 256-bit encryption, with optional private key
    • Adheres to the strictest data protection and compliance requirements
    • On-Demand scalability that is cost-effective and easy to manage

    Private cloud utilizes the same software as the IDrive public cloud that users are already accustomed to, diminishing the learning curve for current users looking to make the upgrade.

    Pricing for IDrive Private Cloud starts at $1000 for the first year (reg. $2000) for the 6TB appliance and includes 6TB of cloud backup space. If more space is required it is available upon request.

    Sign up today to conveniently access, manage and protect your business data!

  • Are you Protecting ALL your Devices?


    A typical household these days owns on average 5 devices. Think about it. PCs, Laptops, Smart Phones and Tablets have all become a necessity for the majority of people’s daily lives and they all have one thing in common: they contain critical data.

    As with any device that has important data on it, you’ll want to back it up in case disaster strikes, but most cloud backup services will charge you additional fees as you add devices to your account and that can get costly.

    Not with IDrive. We call it Universal Online Backup, meaning you can backup data from ALL of your devices into a single cloud account for one low fee, providing a reliable and affordable way to protect all of your data.

    Backup Data from Multiple Computers

    Say you have a laptop for work, a desktop at home, your kid’s each have a computer, as does your significant other. Must be a pain to back all of these up, right?

    Wrong. Simply install the IDrive application on each computer, log in using the same credentials for each, schedule your backups and sit back and relax. IDrive will create a unique folder for each of the devices you backup, keeping your data organized and making it easy to be sure everything’s running smoothly.

    Protect your Mobile Devices!

    Ever lost your phone? Forgot it in your pocket when you went in the pool? We’ve all experienced an incident that has caused us to lose critical data from our mobile device, and it’s no fun having to ask all your friends and family for their phone numbers again (because who memorizes phone numbers anymore?) or losing those precious photographs.

    To protect yourself from going through that often painful process, simply download the free IDrive Online Backup App from The App Store, or Google Play and start backing up your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more.

    Don’t let additional fees keep you from protecting all your devices. Sign up for IDrive today and rest easy knowing that if disaster strikes, your data is protected.

  • Will More Internal iphone Storage Kill the Need for Cloud Storage?


    We’ve all heard the latest leaked report that Apple will be releasing a 256GB iPhone next month, but has anyone considered that with more internal iPhone storage, will consumers still find the need to use cloud storage services? Some might be thinking if they opt for the 256GB model, they won’t need to use cloud storage to backup their contacts and photos, etc….

    So, that begs the question: Will more internal iphone storage kill the need for cloud storage? Let’s dive into points

    1) Having larger internal storage is great, it shows that consumers are taking more videos, and photos than ever before, but what happens if you drop your iphone, it breaks and it wont turn back on? What if it gets stolen? You’ve possibly lost all of your contacts, photos and videos. More internal storage can’t save you there…but having a cloud backup can help you get back all of your iphone data.

    2) Virus and hackers, eventually with the growth of ransomware in the PC market, hackers and viruses will get to iphones, possibly being able to whip out your contacts, videos and photos. Having a good backup app can help users protect their phones data, again, internal storage can’t help you there.

    The need for cloud storage will always be there.

  • Protect your Memories with IDrive Social Media Backup


    In these modern times if you aren’t active on some sort of social media, it’s likely that you have been on the receiving end of some jabs from your friends about being some sort of caveman stuck in the stone age. If this sounds like you then you’re in luck because recently there has been an uptick in people leaving social media behind for good, including celebrities, meaning the masses may soon begin to follow suit and you can say you were right all along.

    There are plenty of reasons why you would want to disconnect from social media, such as it consuming too much of your time, privacy issues, and more, so what if you’re ready to cut yourself off from Facebook or Instagram but you are apprehensive because you don’t want to lose all your photos and precious memories? Surely you are tagged in some pictures from years ago that you can only access through social media, so what do you do? Keep your social media profiles active but use them less? Don’t kid yourself, it’s an addiction. There has to be a way for you get off of social media but still be able to hang on to all those photos, right?

    Well it seems to be your lucky day because we have you covered. IDrive’s Facebook and Instagram backup provides an encrypted and secure space to store your social media data, including photos that friends tagged you in, ensuring that you don’t have to worry about losing any of those memories in the event you or one of your friends deletes your social media accounts.

    You can backup Instagram or Facebook through the IDrive mobile app, or via any web browser, and access those files from an unlimited number of devices, making it easy to bring those memories with you everywhere you go.

    Sign up for IDrive to start protecting your Facebook and Instagram memories today!