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  • World Backup Day 2022 is Here! Make Sure your Data is Protected with PC Mag’s 8 Time Editor’s Choice Winner for Best Online Backup Service

    World Backup Day 2022 is coming here, a day where we are reminded to make sure our most important data, whether it’s personal or business, is protected and ready to be recovered in case disaster strikes. 

    Losing files is extremely common, as one simple accident or a lost or damaged device can cause you to lose everything, so it’s hugely important that you are utilizing a reliable online backup service to make sure your data is always available and accessible. Here at IDrive, we like to treat every day as World Backup Day, because we know how much damage data loss can cause at any given time. 

    There’s a lot to consider when choosing an online backup service. Pricing, feature set, storage capacity, and performance are all at the forefront, and for the 8th year running, PC Mag has chosen IDrive as their Editor’s Choice for Best Online Backup Service with 4.5/5 stars.

    What makes IDrive worthy of this award once again?

    Pricing plans/Unlimited device backup – with regular offers for first year discounts, plan sizes of 5TB and 10TB for personal users, and unlimited devices at no extra cost, IDrive is one of the most affordable backup services. Team and business plans which include sub-account management and compliance features are also very affordable for business users

    Getting Started – setting up and getting started with IDrive is simple. Users can access the application, access settings, and manage backup schedules quickly from the tray icon. PC Mag also points out that navigating the desktop application is quick and seamless. 

    Security and Privacy – IDrive uses 256-bit AES to encrypt data locally, by using either a key that IDrive sets or a private key created by the user. Also supports email-based two-factor authentication for accessing its web and mobile apps. 

    Backup Options – lets users select files and folders manually for backup, pre-populated with most commonly used folders. Can choose to backup to the IDrive cloud or to a local device, or IDrive Express, a service which speeds up large backups. 

    Continuous Data Protection – if turned on, is a feature which will search for recent updates to files and back them up automatically. IDrive also lets you backup your entire disk image so you can recover your entire hard drive.

    Restore – flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore. IDrive archives the last 30 days of files you back up.

    Backup Speeds – PC Mag tested all backup software to determine how long it takes to upload three different 1GB file sets. IDrive performed the best out of all services tested.

    IDrive Photos – For those who just want to back up mobile photos and videos, IDrive Photos ($4.95 per year) offers unlimited online storage

    The final verdict from PC Mag:

    IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. Top features include disk image backups, folder syncing, and file sharing. IDrive is also priced competitively and performed best in our speed tests. For all this capability and value, IDrive earns our Editors’ Choice award for the online backup category.

    Thank you to PC Mag for the recognition!

  • RemotePC Enables users to access Windows PCs and Servers via RDP Connector

    RemotePC, an industry leader in remote desktop access, is now offering RDP Connector as an add-on, allowing users to access their windows computers and servers securely via RDP, letting them skip configuring Microsoft RD Gateway, VPN tunneling, and firewall changes.

    For users that use RDP to access their office computers and servers, RDP Connector is the perfect solution, allowing them to easily access their devices via PC, Mac, or mobile devices with a single click. Simply install the Remote Desktop agent and add Windows computers and servers for remote access, then install the Remote Desktop viewer on the viewing device and it’s ready to go.

    This allows users to access their work, share files/folders, and manage their devices as if they are sitting in front of it, making it a suitable solution for remote work, remote learning, and work-from-home initiatives.

    Features of RemotePC RDP Connector include:

    • Remote apps – directly access any of the remote applications on your computer, without accessing the entire remote computer.
    • Device Redirection – access any devices like printers, smart cards, external drives connected to your remote computers.
    • Multi-access Sessions – establish simultaneous remote connections to one computer/server from multiple remote desktop viewers.
    • Multi-monitor Support – access multiple monitors of your remote computer and switch between the monitors with ease.
    • Remote Reboot – reboot your remote computer through the remote desktop viewer anytime, anywhere.
    • Wake-on LAN – log on to your remote computers or servers anytime remotely using any local network.

    RemotePC RDP Connector is available as an add-on to all RemotePC accounts.

  • PC Mag Recommends IDrive Photos as an Alternative to Google Photos

    Ever since Google Photos announced last year that they would no longer be offering free, unlimited storage for photos and videos, many users have been looking for a more affordable alternative to help them keep their mobile photos and videos protected in the cloud.

    According to PC Mag, IDrive Photos might just be the best choice, providing unlimited, full-resolution storage space for all of your precious photos and videos.

    With mobile phone cameras being such high quality these days and only getting better, pretty much everybody is using iOS and Android devices to document their lives through photos and videos, so it’s critical that you store these photos in a secondary location just in case your phone is damaged, lost, or stolen.

    As PC Mag points out, IDrive Photos is extremely simple to use, with different options to make protecting your photos and videos completely hassle free.

    Once you download the application and sign up for an account, you will be able to grant IDrive Photos access to your photos and videos. From here you will have the option to back up all photos and videos in your library, or select photos if you want to back up just a few of your favorites.

    After this, the app will automatically start backing up your library. You can check on the status of your backup and see how many more items are left to upload. If you do not want your photos and videos to be automatically backed up to IDrive, you can switch off “Auto Upload,” and perform manual backups as you please.

    Obviously, privacy is extremely important when it comes to your personal photos and videos, so IDrive Photos lets you set a passcode to secure your backups, as well as letting you set up two-factor authentication for an extra layer of protection when signing in.

    IDrive Photos allows you to store ALL of your photos and videos in the cloud, restore them from any device, organize them into albums and favorites, view and print them on the web, and share them with your friends and family, all for just $4.95/year (99 cents first year).

  • Mashable Chooses IDrive as the Best Cloud Backup Service for all your Backup Needs

    With businesses working remotely, needing to store large amounts of critical data and have it be accessible from anywhere, there’s never been a busier time for cloud-based storage services, as Mashable points out in their most recent round up of the best cloud storage services that let users backup, share, and collaborate.

    There are so many cloud storage options out there, making it difficult to choose which one fits your needs. There are many things to consider like whether you just need a secure place to leave your files or you need collaboration tools, does the service have file size limits, how much storage capacity is being offered, and much more.

    Mashable’s recent cloud storage service rankings should help make this an easier decision, choosing IDrive as the best service for all backup needs. 

    According to the review, “IDrive is like a checklist of everything most people could want from a cloud storage service.”

    The overall amount of features that IDrive offers is what made us stand out from the rest, along with being incredibly fast and simple. Also offering top of the line security, IDrive gives you peace of mind that your files are secure at all times.

    Apart from the 5TB and 10TB personal plans which allow for one user, IDrive offers Business and Enterprise plans that allow for unlimited amounts of users, making it the perfect solution for organizations of all sizes to secure all of your essential data and have it ready to be restored in case disaster strikes.

    Thanks to Mashable for the review!

  • ITProPortal Rates RemotePC 4.5 Stars – Among the Best Remote Desktop Options Available

    As individuals and businesses are continuing to have a need for a reliable remote desktop access solution so you can work seamlessly from anywhere, it’s important that you choose the right software solution to fit your needs so you can be just as productive at home or on the road as you would be in the office.

    To help make it an easier decision, ITProPortal did an in-depth review of RemotePC, detailing why it may just be the ideal solution for all of your remote access needs.

    To start, RemotePC offers a wide selection of features that makes it an incredibly convenient, simple, and useful remote access solution, including:

    • Unattended remote access – streamline remote access by installing the software on the host computer and entering log-in credentials. You are then able to access this computer from any device through the web or the RemotePC application for desktop or mobile
    • Communication tools – loads of communication and collaboration tools including chat, an integrated whiteboard, and access to RemotePC Meeting for live video conferencing
    • User management – simply and quickly invite users via email to your RemotePC account from the main web dashboard. Includes the ability to create groups, add multiple users, and implement additional security measures such as 2FA.
    • HelpDesk – an excellent tool for users who need to provide customer support. Includes a centralized administration portal where admins can manage technicians, view request statuses, and view statistics.
    • Cross-platform Compatibility – access and view remote computers from Windows, Mac, and Linux devices, as well as Android and iOS mobile devices through the RemotePC app.

    Despite having all of these features, plus much more, RemotePC is able to remain one of the most affordable remote access solutions on the market, coming with plans for 2, 5, and 10 computers, as well as Team and Business plans for 50 computers and an Enterprise plan for 100+ computers. The high-end plans include various advanced support features.

    The final verdict from ITProPortal:

    “RemotePC is one of the best remote desktop programs we’ve used. It’s an excellent option for anyone on a tight budget, and it comes with a load of excellent tools for larger businesses as well.”

    Thanks to ITProPortal for the review!

  • IDrive® 360 Adds Endpoint Cloud Backup Support for Linux Machines

    IDrive® 360, a secure, enterprise-scale endpoint cloud backup solution from IDrive, has added backup support for Linux machines, enabling IT admins to schedule and automate backups for all of their organizational Linux data into a single account through a unified web console. 

    The perfect solution for businesses of any size, IDrive® 360 enables IT departments to oversee data protection for their entire company, allowing them to implement backup plans for units, groups, or individual devices. This ensures that every bit of data generated by endpoint devices is backed up and ready to be recovered in case of a data loss disaster.

    Users of IDrive® 360 backup for Linux can take advantage of a simple web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) for easy backups. Through this interface, users have the ability to:

    • View and manage any number of computers remotely
    • Perform simultaneous backups for multiple linux machines
    • Have an easy-to-use UI that requires no additional training or use of scripts for backup

    Through this centralized management console, admins can also remotely schedule backups, manage backup settings, view real-time backup status like backup time and latest backups, and access and restore data at any time.

    Backing up Linux machines with IDrive® 360 is the best way to make sure data is accessible no matter what happens, including features such as:

    • Automated backup – configure and schedule backup plans for all devices
    • Malware protection – snapshot restore up to 30 versions
    • Encrypted cloud storage – data is protected with AES-256 encryption on transfer and at rest
    • File-level Recovery – restore data from the cloud in almost real-time 
    • Point-in-time Restore – restore files instantly from any of the 30 versions

    IDrive® 360 starts at $29.50/year per computer for secure endpoint backup and disaster recovery.

  • TechRadar Chooses IDrive® Compute as the Best Bare-metal Hosting Solution and one of the Top VPS Hosting Providers for 2021

    For customers that require high-performance computing with highly customizable resources, a bare-metal server dedicated to a single tenant gives you the flexibility to choose your own operating system, avoid the challenges of shared infrastructure, and finely tune hardware and software for specific projects.

    By removing the overhead hypervisor which allows for virtualization, bare-metal hosting allows for the fastest possible performance with better processing power, complete control over their software, more consistent disk and network performance, and greater quality of service.

    TechRadar recently conducted a round-up of The Best Bare Metal Hosting Solutions currently on the market, with IDrive® Compute earning the #1 spot in rankings.

    Currently covering 20 locations in the U.S. and Europe, IDrive® Compute is the most affordable service on the market, offering 1TB NVMe, Intel Xeon E-2236 CPU with 32GB RAM and a 10Gbps connection for 95% off the first year. IDrive® Compute is also one of the few services that accepts non-business email addresses.

    For users that still need affordable high-performance computing but not as many resources as a bare-metal server provides, a VPS hosting provider is a very viable option as long as you choose the right one for your needs. 

    A VPS plan gives you your own virtual server environment, with full control over the OS, apps, and all of their settings. Each physical server will host multiple customers, but fewer than with shared hosting, and with each virtual server allocated their own share of resources.

    TechRadar also did a review of the Top VPS Hosting Providers for 2021, with IDrive® Compute being selected as one of the top choices once again, mainly due to flexible plans and extremely affordable pricing.

    IDrive® Compute VPS plans start at $6 for the first year, with all plans including:

    • Secure backup
    • User management
    • Block storage
    • On-demand Snapshots
  • RemotePC Announces Enhanced Performance – Delivering Speeds up to 60 FPS for Fast Remote Desktop Access

    RemotePC has announced performance enhancements for the leading remote desktop access solution, now delivering speeds of up to 60 FPS and making it possibly the fastest remote access service for Windows computers from anywhere.

    “We take our customer feedback very seriously. With the increasing need for low latency remote access across many industries,  we’ve delivered a high performance product that supports worker’s ability to complete tasks quickly and without frustration,” says Raghu Kulkarni, CEO of IDrive Inc.

    The RemotePC Performance Viewer, now RemotePC’s default viewer application for accessing a remote computer, was created to give users the smoothest and most seamless experience possible, minimizing latency and allowing remote workers of all types to work efficiently from wherever they are. 

    For remote workers in creative fields which require high performance computing such as video editing, 3D design, and game development among others, having high frame rates is massively beneficial, giving them the ability to work on projects without any impediments or limitations.

    “As the pandemic caused many businesses to switch to a work-from-home model, we understand that some remote workers require higher performance than others, so our objective was to create a solution that addresses the needs of all, including creative industries,” adds Mr. Kulkarni.

    With delivery of speeds up to 60 FPS providing minimal latency, RemotePC is now also perfectly suitable for remote gaming, giving gamers the opportunity to access and play games on their remote Windows computers from anywhere.

    These enhancements are now available for all RemotePC accounts, making it one of the best combinations of affordability and performance on the market.

  • IDrive Earns PC Magazine’s Editors Choice Award for Best Cloud Storage and File Sharing Solution

    For people working from home or on the road, it’s extremely important to have the ability to share documents and other critical files with their coworkers so remote working is convenient and seamless, as well as being able to securely store files and access them from any connected device.

    There are plenty of file storage, syncing, and sharing services available that accomplish this, allowing users to easily collaborate with their associates and access their files no matter where they are.

    PCMag recently conducted a review of The Best Cloud Storage and File-Sharing Services for 2021, choosing IDrive as the Best Solution for Low-cost Backup and Syncing.

    File Sync with IDrive gives users instant access to their most critical files from any one of their connected devices. Users simply have to enable the sync feature in settings. They can also share these synced files from their computer, mobile device, or via the web with friends or associates for collaborative access.

    What else made IDrive stand out according to PCMag? 

    Pricing plans/Unlimited device backup – with regular offers for first year discounts, plan sizes of 5TB and 10TB for personal users, and unlimited devices at no extra cost, IDrive is one of the most affordable backup services. Team and business plans which include sub-account management and compliance features are also very affordable for business users

    Security and Privacy – IDrive uses 256-bit AES to encrypt data locally, by using either a key that IDrive sets or a private key created by the user. Also supports email-based two-factor authentication for accessing its web and mobile apps. 

    Backup Options – lets users select files and folders manually for backup, pre-populated with most commonly used folders. Can choose to backup to the IDrive cloud or to a local device, or IDrive Express, a service which speeds up large backups. 

    Continuous Data Protection – if turned on, is a feature which will search for recent updates to files and back them up automatically. IDrive also lets you backup your entire disk image so you can recover your entire hard drive.

    Restore – flexible restore tab allows for a wide range of options including Snapshots, which lets users view a historical view of their data and lets you select a point-in-time to restore. IDrive archives the last 30 days of files you back up.

    Backup Speeds – PC Mag tested all backup software to determine how long it takes to upload three different 1GB file sets. IDrive performed the best out of all services tested.

    The final verdict from PCMag:

    “You won’t find a better online backup service than the full-featured, easy-to-use IDrive.”

  • IDrive adds Cloud based Disk Image Backup to IDrive® 360 – Enabling Entire Machine Backups for Businesses

    IDrive® 360, an enterprise-scale endpoint cloud backup solution from IDrive Inc., is now enabling businesses to backup entire machines with the addition of cloud-based disk-image backups.

    This new feature allows users to backup single/multiple partitions, or run a full image backup of the hard drive including the operating system (OS), system settings, installed applications, application configurations, and associated VMs, directly to the IDrive Cloud. This allows for full point-in-time restores of the backed up system data without requiring any operating system installation.

    Ideal for businesses of any size, IDrive® 360 enables IT departments to oversee data protection for their entire company, allowing them to implement backup plans for units, groups, or individual devices. This ensures that every bit of data generated by endpoint devices is backed up and ready to be recovered in case of a data loss disaster.

    Administrators can now enable image backup for their managed endpoints directly from the IDrive® 360 backup console, along with creating backup sets and modifying the backup settings and schedule. After the full initial image backup, subsequent changes are backed up incrementally and synced with the existing data through automated data synchronization.

    Image Backup with IDrive® 360 supports snapshot-based image restores for point-in-time recovery of data backed up to the cloud. The historical backups function as recovery points so users can perform data recovery from a specific period of time, allowing for reliable protection from ransomware. Image backup maintains up to 50 previous backup versions of the files in the account.

    Along with snapshot-based recovery, users can perform full system restores directly from the cloud, individual file/folder or volume-level restores, and WinRE-based bare-metal restore.

    IDrive® 360 starts at $29.50/computer/year for 2TB storage/computer license and unlimited users. There is also a full-featured free 7-day trial available, no credit card required.