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  • 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.

  • IDrive Timeline: This Holiday Season Keep Your Treasured Photos Protected

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    Recent surveys indicate that even an average camera owner has over thousand of photos on their PCs and smartphones. The reason for widespread popularity of digital photos and videos is that they are easily accessible. You can show off the pictures from your recent trip to the mountains or post cute video of your pets in a matter of few clicks.

    Despite the convenience, digital files are susceptible to damage. What if you spill coffee on your smartphone or you accidentally delete a video, you had prepared for your tenth wedding anniversary? All your memories you hold so dear could be lost forever.

    So what do you do to preserve your photos? You can print them, but the printed copies too are prone to discoloration and can be damaged in the event of a disaster like flood, earthquake or fire. Fret not as Cloud backup is here to your rescue.

    Complete protection for your digital photos and videos

    Protect your treasure trove of memories from being lost due to accidental deletion or a broken memory stick or a stolen device. The award winning IDrive software takes care of keeping your files safely tucked in an offsite location, which you can access from anywhere over the internet.

    Also the newly revamped Timeline feature lets user view their photos and videos backed up from any mobile device. Read on to find out what all you can do with IDrive Timeline.
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    All your photos in one place

    Timeline is a gallery view of all your photos and videos backed up from any mobile device linked to your IDrive account. You can access Timeline from the Dashboard as well as on the IDrive mobile application.

    Your photos backed up from multiple mobile devices are sorted according to date and location in the Timeline. So you can find all the photos, from your graduation day or the hiking trip you took last summer, at one place.

    Also, you can conveniently share photos and videos with friends from Timeline.

    As your photos and videos are backed up on to the cloud you can restore them to any mobile device from Timeline. Thus, if the file you need is not on your phone, you can easily download it anytime.

    You can rest easy knowing your photos and videos are securely backed up online via IDrive and can be accessed anywhere anytime in a matter of few clicks.

    Sign up today and avail great discounts!

  • Introducing RemotePC Web Viewer: Now access your computers without any software requirements!

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    Technology has tremendously changed the way we communicate over the past few decades. Be it through computers, internet or mobile devices, staying connected has become an integral part of our lives. We at RemotePC believe in moving with the changing and evolving face of technological advancements and are excited to launch our brand-new Web Viewer. Read on to know how Web-Viewer can help you and your business.

    RemotePC Web Viewer enables users to access multiple computers using a web browser– regardless of wherever they are. For this, they just need an active internet connection and the RemotePC application installed on the computers they want to access.

    Even if you are travelling, you can now easily access your remote computers from any external computer. And since no software has to be installed on the external machine, it is also convenient for computers where software installation is constrained.

    RemotePC web viewer has the following features: 

    • RemotePC offers secure solution for accessing your faraway computers. Remote access is encrypted with TLS v 1.2 and a unique Personal Key provides additional layer of security while accessing each machine.
    • By using web viewer, you can access more than one remote computer at a time. Moreover, no software installation is required on your local computer to access your remote computers via web browser.
    • You can remotely update to the latest version of RemotePC application on your distant computer from any web browser.

    This is not just all; you can also perform these functions that can make your remote access experience much better. 

    • Easily view and download your session logs, by logging in to your account from the web.
    • Ensure privacy during a remote session with the Blank Host Screen function. The screen of your remote computer blanks out, thus prohibiting anyone from viewing your activities during remote session.
    • If your remote computer has more than one monitor, you can access any of them from the web viewer.
    • The Lock function allows you to lock the remote computer instantly or after the session ends. This will prevent any unauthorized access to your remote computer during a remote session.

    Furthermore, Remote access to one computer is completely free. There are different pricing plans that can be selected by users depending upon their needs.

    Sign-up today and avail 50% off along with an online backup account from IDrive! Visit www.remotepc.com for further details.

  • 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.

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

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    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

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    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!