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  • IDrive adds Single Sign On

    At IDrive we’re all about making our user’s lives easier so their valuable data can be conveniently backed up without a hassle.

    Our newest addition, Single Sign On, adds to the convenience of IDrive by giving admins of Enterprise accounts the ability to allow their sub-accounts to access IDrive by signing in to a central identity provider. With Single Sign On, admins would put their trusted identity provider in charge of authentication, then sub-accounts can utilize the IDrive application without having to remember yet another password.

    What are the benefits of utilizing Single Sign On?

    • Decreased Human Error – SSO eliminates the need for users to remember multiple passwords, ensuring they are signed in and capable of backing up data whenever needed.
    • Reduced Admin Workload – Since users are rarely prompted for username or password, this means fewer requests to reset forgotten passwords.
    • Faster log-in time – Leads to increased productivity by eliminating login efforts.
    • Improved Security – Since users aren’t required to remember a number of different basic passwords, SSO encourages the use of a single, more complex password.

    If you have signed up for IDrive as an admin of an Enterprise account, you can now enable your users to sign in to your central identity provider to utilize SSO with IDrive.

    IDrive is compatible with all Identity Providers which support SAML 2.0 Standard, including:

    • Okta
    • Auth0
    • Onelogin
    • Centrify
    • ADFS
    • Ping Fedarate

    If your identity provider is configured and SSO is configured in IDrive, you can now enable single sign on upon creation of sub-accounts and take advantage of this great new feature.

     

  • RemotePC gets an “Excellent” Rating from PC Magazine

    Having reliable, fast access to your remote computers can really help make your life easier. Whether you need to access your work computer because you can’t get to the office, or need to provide support for a colleague, RemotePC provides you with the tools necessary to make sure you can conveniently connect to your remote computers from anywhere. We’re proud to announce that we have received an “Excellent” four-star rating from PC Magazine, acknowledging our efforts to give users an affordable and reliable remote access solution.

    “Effortless, simple interface with a flat learning curve. Fast performance. Easy file transfers between local and remote desktops. Inexpensive. ” Edward Mendelson- PCMag

    So what makes us deserving of this excellent rating?

    First off, the ability to connect to your remote computers from mobile devices without sacrificing speed or functionality gives users ultimate flexibility with where/how they access their computers. Support for access from iOS and Android comes at no extra cost to the user, making RemotePC a very affordable option for people looking to access their computers from any location.

    The next point PC Mag emphasizes is the simplicity of the user interface, stating that “compared with rival remote-access products, RemotePC costs less and keeps things simpler than most.” It’s easy to copy files back and forth, write notes, set the resolution, open chat windows, and record videos for later use, making RemotePC one of the easier remote access solutions to use.

    Machine learning adds to the simplicity of RemotePC by allowing the application to improve performance by recognizing how you are using the service (whether you’re editing documents and looking at images for example), then automatically adjusting the settings to give the smoothest possible performance.

    Remote Printing is another helpful feature PC Mag points out, where we make it easy to print documents and images from the remote machine to the host computer’s default printer.

    Thanks to PC Mag for the great review!

  • World Backup Day 2018: A Reminder to Protect your Critical Data

    Every year on March 31st we celebrate World Backup Day as a reminder that you need to backup your critical data and files in order to avoid losing your data and looking like a fool on April Fool’s Day.

    Here at IDrive we feel like every day should be World Backup Day, but unfortunately that’s just not the case. In fact, according to the World Backup Day website, 30% of people have never backed up any of their devices. This is a classic example of people not wanting to deal with a problem until it directly affects them, which in this case would be too late.

    No matter how safe you think your data is or how cautious you are with your devices, the fact is that accidents happen, and the consequences could be devastating if you don’t have a reliable way to recover. Hard drives crash, phones get lost or stolen, and people make mistakes, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared with regular backups.

    There are many ways to backup your data including external drives or tapes, but nothing compares to an affordable, reliable, secure, and convenient cloud backup solution like IDrive Online Backup. Here’s a few reasons why:

    • Backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for one low fee
    • Free IDrive Express service to seed your initial backup
    • Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack
    • Includes Sync and Share functionality in addition to backup
    • Robust security, with encryption on transfer and storage and the option of a private key
    • Supports backup of mapped/USB/external hard drives
    • 24/7 support through phone, live chat, or email

    Don’t wait till disaster strikes to realize you need to backup your data. Sign up for IDrive today to get started.

  • RemotePC gets Enhanced with Machine Learning Capability

    Machine learning is the concept that computers can learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. It’s mainly based on pattern recognition, and the fact that computers these days have the ability to learn and perform specific tasks without being programmed to do so.

    Now within the RemotePC application, machine learning is applied in the encoding technique of the frames during a remote access session. To put it simply, RemotePC collects information about user activity, then adjusts itself to give users the smoothest and fastest remote access experience possible.

    Machine learning in RemotePC specifically applies when deciding the frame mode and motion estimation time, which ultimately helps in decreasing the encoding time and frame size by over 50%. The remote machine application will intelligently adjust the frames, which vastly improves performance for your remote sessions.

    Signup for RemotePC today to take advantage improved performance, and get 90% off your first year.

  • Introducing IDrive® Docs, a Collaboration Tool with Office File Viewing & Editing Capability

    Whether you’re using IDrive for personal use, work, or school, chances are you have some office documents that need to be backed up and synced so they’re safe, as well as accessible from all of your devices. From time to time you might also share those documents with friends or associates, allowing them to view those files from anywhere.

    Here at IDrive we’re constantly updating our service to give you the most feature-packed backup for all of your devices at the lowest cost, and our newest tool, IDrive® Docs, will make working with your backed up office documents even easier.



    IDrive® Docs gives users the ability to have full office functionality through IDrive, along with being able to collaborate together with associates in the same office document, anytime, anywhere, without compromising the encrypted file system. It includes the following features:

    • Easily view or edit shared office files in real-time as all changes made to a document are automatically saved as they are being edited
    • Comment on office files
    • Mobile sharing is available allowing users to share files via IDrive Backup mobile app for collaboration
    • All files are protected with 256-bit AES encryption along with optional private key for an extra layer of protection

    IDrive® Docs is available in Personal, Business and Enterprise level accounts.

  • IDrive Introduces Office 365 Exchange Mailbox Backup to Business Accounts

    Many businesses prefer to use Office 365 Exchange Mailbox to free up IT resources and negate the need to host their own email infrastructure. If you’re one of those businesses, it’s important to recognize that although Microsoft hosts the infrastructure, it is still your responsibility to make sure all that data is protected in case of a disaster.

    New to IDrive Business, Office 365 Exchange Mailbox backup allows for simple backup and restores of all that important data. Emails, calendars, contacts and tasks can all be backed up with IDrive, allowing for quick recovery in the event something goes wrong.

    With this new feature, IDrive Business users can now schedule Office 365 mailbox backups by selecting multiple mailboxes and creating a new backup set. This allows for full backup of mailbox data to the IDrive cloud in a compressed format.

    Users can also easily restore lost, deleted, or truncated Office 365 emails, ensuring business continuity in case their mailbox data is compromised. The mailbox can be restored directly to the Office 365 Exchange online mailbox or locally.

    Features:

    • Individual or multiple mailboxes can be backed up to the cloud
    • Backup emails, calendars, contacts, tasks (eml, vcf, ics format) in compressed form
    • Schedule multiple mailbox backups
    • Restore mailbox data to Office 365 Exchange Online mailbox
    • Restore mailbox data locally in eml, vcf, ics format with folder structure intact
    • Take control of your organization’s Office 365 email mailbox data and protect against data loss

    System Requirements:

    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016
    • 2 GB RAM
    • Sufficient hard disk space to store the mailbox backup files (.ofl) for temporary backup and restore

    *Feature is only available for IDrive Business accounts

  • Need Backup? IDrive could be your best option

    Ransomware, physical threats to your devices, and more have long been threatening to compromise the integrity of your data. In order to combat these threats, here at IDrive our goal is to give customers the most feature-packed backup service, at the most affordable price.

    When choosing a backup service, however, there’s a lot more to look into besides the price. Determining which service has the exact features to fit your needs could be the difference between having the ability to affordably recover from data loss, and losing that precious data forever.

    IDrive Online Backup gives you plenty of reasons why it should be your solution of choice when it comes to protecting your data.

    Here’s a quick look at some of those reasons:

    • Backup an unlimited number of devices into a single account for one low fee
    • Free IDrive Express service to seed your initial backup in a week or less
    • Snapshots to restore data from a point-in-time to easily recover from a ransomware attack
    • Includes Sync and Share functionality in addition to backup
    • Block-level incremental backups and restores to optimize transfer speed
    • Robust security, with encryption on transfer and storage and the option of a private key
    • Supports backup of mapped/USB/external hard drives
    • MS Exchange/MS SQL and other advanced backup functions for small businesses (business plans only)
    • 24/7 support through phone, live chat, or email

    Keep in mind that we are constantly updating the IDrive service to give you the most user friendly experience possible. IDrive is PC Magazine’s Editors Choice for online backup three years in a row!

    Give IDrive a try today with a free 5GB account and see how it works for you!

  • IDrive Named one of PC Mag’s Top Products of 2017!

    Each year leading up to the holidays, PC Mag compiles a list of the top 100 tech products and services that have been tested in their labs. The list consists of everything from laptops, phones and tablets, to software, TVs, and cameras, and IDrive is thrilled to be included as part of this list for 2017.

    With so many great products out there to choose from, what does IDrive feature that helped us make the list? According to the PC Mag review:

    • Desktop Interface — clear organization of the desktop application allows for quick and simple navigation
    • Backup Options — Continuous Data Protection, scheduling, archive cleanup, and IDrive Express combine to make sure backups are operating at maximum efficiency
    • Sync — see file changes reflected on all computers/devices on which IDrive is installed
    • Restore Tab — 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
    • Web Manager — according to PC Mag, “IDrive has one of the more capable web clients you’ll find among online backup providers.” The web portal allows users to backup, download, search for, and share files via Facebook, Twitter, or email, along with managing all account and subscription settings
    • Mobile Clients — powerful apps for iOS and Android, capable of performing most of the same tasks as the desktop and web clients

    Being one of the only backup companies on this list, it’s pretty clear that PC Mag has plenty of reasons why they continue to recommend IDrive as their backup solution of choice, as well as one of the best overall tech products on the market.

    As they put it, “IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. With continuous backup, folder syncing, file sharing, archiving, File Explorer integration, robust mobile apps, and an unlimited number of devices per account, it’s also priced competitively.”

  • IDrive Extends Synology NAS App Support

    An onsite storage solution using a Synology NAS device is a great way to ensure your business data is backed up and accessible for recovery if necessary, but having locally stored data means all your files could be lost if your NAS device is compromised. To account for this, the IDrive Synology Backup app ensures that your Synology NAS is protected as well, allowing you to seamlessly manage online backups and restores of your network data.

    IDrive’s Synology app provides a safety net from which you can restore your network after a crash or other disaster. Our intuitive interface also enables you to easily schedule automated or manual backups and restores of your NAS device, receive email notifications when these tasks are complete, and view logs of all your activity. You can also create multiple backup and restore sets for different elements of your network. With IDrive’s Synology backup, managing data across your entire network is just as simple as it is secure.

    IDrive has recently extended support for the Synology backup app to include the following models:

    DS1517
    DS1517+
    DS1817
    DS1817+

    A backup strategy with both onsite and offsite backup capabilities can greatly enhance your disaster recovery plan. All data being transferred and stored is encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption with the option of a private key to which only the user has access.

    To get started, all you need is an IDrive account.

  • PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for Online Backup: IDrive goes back-to-back-to-back!

    When looking for an online backup solution there are many variables to consider, as PC Mag notes. Pricing, storage space, features, and simplicity of use are all at the forefront when it comes to backup, and according to PC Mag’s 2017 online backup review, IDrive Online Backup once again checks all those boxes.

    We’re proud to announce that for the third year running, PC Mag has awarded IDrive with their Editor’s Choice for best online backup service. With all the great backup solutions out there and the innovative new products being introduced in the data backup space, what makes IDrive continue to stand above the rest? Let’s take a look at why PC Mag decided to stick with IDrive for 2017:

    • Pricing plans/Unlimited device backup — unique to IDrive, none of the plan sizes limit the number of devices you can backup into a single account. This puts IDrive among the most cost-effective solution on the market
    • Desktop Interface — clear organization of the desktop application allows for quick and simple navigation
    • Backup Options — Continuous Data Protection, scheduling, archive cleanup, and IDrive Express combine to make sure backups are operating at maximum efficiency
    • Sync — see file changes reflected on all computers/devices on which IDrive is installed
    • Restore Tab — 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
    • Web Manager — according to PC Mag, “IDrive has one of the more capable web clients you’ll find among online backup providers.” The web portal allows users to backup, download, search for, and share files via Facebook, Twitter, or email, along with managing all account and subscription settings
    • Mobile Clients — powerful apps for iOS and Android, capable of performing most of the same tasks as the desktop and web clients

    All in all, it’s clear that PC Mag has plenty of reasons why they continue to recommend IDrive as their backup service of choice: “IDrive does just about everything you need an online backup service to do—and more. With continuous backup, folder syncing, file sharing, archiving, File Explorer integration, robust mobile apps, and an unlimited number of devices per account, it’s also priced competitively.”

    Thanks to PC Mag once again for the award!