Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • IDrive’s QNAP Backup App for NAS Devices

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    Ensuring critical company data is securely backed up is essential for the continuity of every business. The use of an onsite storage device, such as QNAP Network Attached Storage (NAS), is a highly utilized method for protecting business data as it provides on location data backup and centralized storage. However, a fully comprehensive disaster recovery strategy must also include an offsite backup of critical data as well.

    We realize many NAS users need a more complex backup strategy, so we created the IDrive QNAP Online Backup App for NAS devices. The QNAP Backup App is fast, affordable, and extremely secure, providing the protection every business needs to ensure continuity, even in the face of a data disaster.

     

    Key Features for the IDrive QNAP backup app:

     

    • Interactive backup and restore for data present in QNAP NAS devices.

    • Option for scheduling automatic backups and restores, as per convenience.

    • Email notifications on completion of scheduled backup operations.

    • Availability of elaborate log reports detailing account activities.

    • Files are protected during transfer and storage using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key for heightened security.

    • Create multiple backup sets and restore sets for customized backup and restore.

    • Customization of backup location.

    • Real time quota calculation and log status updates for scheduled and manual jobs.

     

    The IDrive QNAP backup app is available, free of charge, for all personal and business IDrive accounts. It’s never worth the risk, make it a priority to protect critical data with a trusted and reliable online backup strategy.

  • IDrive Feature of the Week: True Archiving

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    As the saying goes, everything old is new again. So, this week, we’re highlighting an older feature that is just as useful now as it was when we first introduced it: True Archiving.

    If you’re unfamiliar with True Archiving, it’s a feature that allows you to restore old versions of your files, even if they are no longer present on your computer. Once you’ve backed up a file to your IDrive account (even just once), it remains there forever (unless you manually delete it or use our Archive Cleanup tool).

    IDrive also retains up to 30 versions of files that have been backed up to your account, so whenever you make a change, you can roll-back if you need to. And, those earlier versions do NOT count toward the space in your storage quota.

    How can True Archiving be of use to you?

    • You can restore your files, even if the version you want (or the file itself) is no longer present on your computer. It is still in your IDrive cloud account and available for retrieval whenever you need it.

    • You can restore earlier versions of files in the event of a data disaster. (i.e. If your computer is affected by a virus some of the most recent backups may contain files that are infected. True Archiving allows you to restore earlier, clean versions.)

    • Salvage an older version of a file you’ve made changes to. If you edit or update a file and forget to save the original changes, the older version will still be in your IDrive account, provided it was backed up previously.

     

    With True Archiving, there is no need to worry about losing files from the past. The old can be made new, simple restore any version you want to.

  • IDrive Is Now Offering Server Backup – The Complete Package For Your Data Security!

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    Let’s face it – data loss can be really expensive, especially for businesses, where the difference between survival and shutting down can rest on the capability to recover from a disaster. To say the least, critical data loss inflicts a financial shock on companies of any size.

    Fortunately, We Are Here To Help!

    We are now introducing our server backup feature, with which you can backup and restore:

    MS SQL Server        

    • Backup MS SQL Server databases without interrupting running MS SQL Server services.
    • Give you reliable backups using Microsoft SQL Server API technology.
    • Provide wire compression of data for optimal backup and restore time.

    MS Exchange Server

    • Backup / restore the Mailbox / Public Folder Stores (Storage Groups/Databases) of MS Exchange Server.
    • Email and Desktop notifications on completion of backup.
    • Restore individual emails or mailboxes with MS Exchange Brick-Level Mailbox Backup.

    MS SharePoint Server

    • Backup an entire site collection / Web application.
    • Backup a specific site inside a site collection including or excluding content in sub sites.
    • Backup a list or document libraries or even a folder inside a document library.

    Oracle Server Backup

    • Achieve convenient offsite backup of your company’s Oracle database server.
    • The application allows you to backup Oracle server databases (Oracle 9i/10g/11g) to your IDrive account in a secure and reliable manner.
    • Using the application, you can back up the database without interrupting the running Oracle server database services.

    We help you achieve maximum efficiency without interrupting your work, while continuously backing up your data. That’s right; we are talking about NO DOWNTIME!  We also use 256-bit AES Encryption with an optional private key that is known only to you. Even we can’t access your files!

    So, don’t wait until it’s too late. Secure your business critical data today.

  • Be Kind, IDrive Rewind

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    Our new feature, IDrive Rewind, is geared toward users who want to protect their data from possible future Crypto Virus attacks as well as those who have previously been affected by ransomware. Ransomware is an attack where data is encrypted by a third party and held for ransom, forcing users to pay to get their data unlocked. Rewind allows users to restore previous, unaffected files to their computers so as to avoid paying the ransom that many virus creators demand in exchange for the key that they claim will unlock the encrypted data.

    In the past year, a rise in Crypto Viruses have affected hundreds of thousands of users. The biggest one being CryptoLocker, but many other ransomware trojans and malware exist as well.
    We developed IDrive Rewind to aid our users in retrieving their data at no cost, in the event they are hit by a Crypto Virus.

    Rewind benefits:

    • Users can go into their backup history and restore earlier versions of files or folders to a point before files were infected.
    • Previous, unharmed versions can be restored to an uninfected PC or Mac, and, avoiding dealing with the virus directly.
    • IDrive has always offered users the option to restore up to 30 previous file versions without these versions taking up quota space, but Rewind offers a better way to access data, as it provides folder versioning for up to three previous folder versions for no extra cost.

    With Rewind, even if your latest backed up file version is corrupt or infected, you can still restore earlier file versions. And, in the event a large number of corrupt files are backed up, you can avoid the time consuming process of restoring the clean versions one by one with Rewind’s ability to restore multiple files at once.

    It’s clear ransomware as an attack isn’t going anywhere, but now you can protect yourself from potential threats. Protect your computer in advance by making sure you have backups, so if you find yourself in a Crypto Virus bind, you’ll be covered with IDrive Rewind.

  • IDrive launches Express Sync Service to get files to the Cloud faster

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    Sync your data to the cloud even faster with IDrive’s new Express Sync service.

    With the recent release of our Sync functionality, we’ve had requests for a more efficient way to sync files to the cloud. So, we’re introducing this new express service to provide a faster way to sync large volumes of data to your cloud accounts. By utilizing a physical drive for data transfer, we’ve eliminated the use of bandwidth, so the upload process is much quicker and your data gets to the cloud ASAP.

    Plus, the service is FREE* for our Pro Personal and Business users.

    How does it work?

    1) The user requests and receives an Express Sync drive (up to 3TB).

    2) The user simply selects the data from their devices they wish to Sync and adds it to the Express Sync drive.

    3) The user ships the physical drive back to IDrive where it is then transferred from the device to our secure servers.

    4) The user can then access their data from their cloud account! Users can also selectively sync files across all linked devices.

    Express Sync is especially beneficial for users in need of getting terabytes of data to the cloud within 5-7 days, as this physical shipment and upload process is significantly faster than syncing data across a regular internet connection. Your data remains safe throughout the transfer process, stored and encrypted with military grade 256-bit AES encryption and the option for a private key. The service is currently available to customers in the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the UK.

    Ready to speed things up and use Express Sync? Order today, using this link.

    * IDrive Express for Sync service is free, available once a year for Pro Personal users and thrice yearly for Pro Business users. Subsequent service requests will be subject to the $59.95 charge.

  • 50GB of Backup + 50GB of Sync space for less than $1 per year with your iOS Device

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    Along with our recent IDrive Sync Launch, we improved our existing service plans by increasing storage without changing our pricing.

    We’re now offering even more options for increased storage with our most recent: Mobile Backup Plans. Users get 100GB of storage (50GB of Backup + 50GB of Sync space) for $0.99 per year, available when you sign up via iOS or Android app only. This great offer isn’t just for the first year, either. The price is permanent.

    We previously released the offer for Android (you can still sign up for that too, if you haven’t already, see details here), but now iPhone and iPad users can take advantage of the offer as well. Plus, once you purchase the plan, you can link an unlimited number of computers and devices to a single account to make sure all of your data is secure.

    The iOS IDrive app was selected as the winner of PC Mag’s Editors’ Choice Award because of its excellent features:

    • Backup and Restore contacts, photos, videos, and calendar with a single tap.
    • Sync – upload frequently accessed files to sync between all linked devices. Access and download files already synced.
    • Link an unlimited number of devices to a single account and access them from anywhere.
    • Selectively backup and restore only the stuff you need.
    • Share a single file/folder or multiple files/folders with anyone using a single link. Set permissions and passwords.
    • Automatic mobile upload protects your photos and videos as soon as they are taken via wi-fi or cellular data (if you choose).
    • Data is kept secure and encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.
    • Optional private key encryption, so no one but you can access your data.
    • Lock the app with a passcode.
    • Unlink a device which is lost or stolen from the app.

    You can purchase this $0.99/yr plan through our IDrive iOS app or Android app.

     

  • IDrive Unaffected by Heartbleed Threat

    IDrive was Unaffected by Heartbleed Threat

     

    We want to assure our users that we do not use, nor have we ever been exposed to, the affected versions of OpenSSL that were compromised by the Heartbleed threat.

    As you may or may not have heard, a serious security bug called Heartbleed recently affected a specific version of OpenSSL, which is an encryption library that many sites across the Internet use. Heartbleed exposes a large security hole and has been an issue for more than half of the online services provided in the world.

    IDrive was not affected and continues to provide a comprehensively secure service. Our customers should not be concerned with the safety of their data on IDrive’s servers.

    It is important to note, however, that since so many sites on the Internet were affected by the Heartbleed threat, you may want to change passwords for other accounts once those services have patched their servers. If you use the same password for IDrive that you use for other sites, it may be beneficial to change your IDrive password, as well, as a precaution.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our support team for assistance.

  • 100GB for less than $1 per year! An Android Only Plan!

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    We recently launched Sync for IDrive and offered additional storage for the same low price plans.

    Launched today is our Android Only storage plan, which will give users 100GB of cloud storage (50GB backup & 50GB sync) for .99 cents per year.

    If you’re getting ready to purchase the new Samsung Galaxy s5 which launches on April 11, this is a great option.

    IDrive’s Android app allows you to backup and restore your mobile data with a ‘single tap’ and ensure all of your contacts, photos, videos, SD card files, call logs, calendar, text messages, and apps are protected. Some other key features include:

    • Sync files and folders right from your mobile! Synced files will automatically appear on all linked devices. You can also access and download files already synced.
    • Backup and sync unlimited number of devices into a single account and access them from anywhere.
    • Selectively backup and restore only the stuff you need.
    • Share a single file/folder or multiple files/folders with anyone using a single link. Set permissions and passwords.
    • Automatic mobile upload protects your photos and videos as soon as they are taken via wi-fi or cellular data (if you choose).
    • Data is always secure and fully encrypted using 256-bit AES encryption.
    • Optional private key encryption

    And, just to clarify: This amazing $0.99/yr pricing is permanent, not just for the first year. You can purchase this plan through our IDrive Android app.

     

  • Did you hear? IDrive is adding Sync!

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    That’s right. Now, in addition to securing all of your data with our online backup solution, you can also Sync your files in real time across all linked devices as well as to your IDrive online account!

    That means any changes you make from one device will instantly and automatically sync to all linked devices. And, you can link as many devices as you want. AND, it works across any platform be it a Mac, PC, or a variety of mobile devices!

    IDrive is also proud to announce that the Sync feature can also be protected with our option for private key encryption since this extra layer of protection is not a common feature of most other Sync services.

    Using Sync, you can work seamlessly from anywhere, knowing your data is secure and never having to worry about lugging your laptop with you or remembering to convert files. The moment you modify data in your IDrive account, the updates automatically sync to the local drives of all the computers on which Sync is enabled and to your cloud account. So, you can always access the latest version of your files, wherever you are, via web browser or on-the-go using our mobile apps!

    To celebrate the launch of Sync, we are offering FREE Sync Space! All you have to do is enable Sync from your IDrive account and you will be gifted Sync space equivalent to your current Backup space. So, if you have a 200GB account, you now have 200GB for backup and another 200GB for Sync!

    And our existing plans are now even better with additional space, check it out hereSign up for an IDrive account and have your Backup space matched with an equal amount of Sync space based on the plan level you choose.

    So, what are you waiting for? Those files aren’t going to sync themselves!

    Oh, wait. Yes they will…

    We meant, go activate Sync now so those files can sync themselves!

  • We tried mining bitcoins… Here’s what happened…

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    Ever considered mining bitcoins? Well, as a business with 3,000 servers, IDrive decided to look into the idea to see if bitcoin mining was an option during non-peak times, a possible untapped revenue stream. We learned some valuable bit(coin)s of information; here’s what happened…

    Most of our users backup their files at night, so our non-peak times are during the day (between 3am and 4pm). During this time, there is unused server capacity that can be used for other operations. Utilizing independent resources (since bitcoining is decentralized) such as the source code on Github, forums on Bitcoin Wiki, bitcoin.org, and the bitcoin simulator on coinplorer.com, a dedicated team of our best engineers spent a week testing the possibility and found that using our servers to mine bitcoins would affect our business model in four main areas:

    1) Cost

    Although IDrive owns 3,000 servers, we used 600 (each with a quad core processor operating at 2.8 GHz) for our simulated tests. Our study projected a year of mining at 100% processing power 24/7 and the assumption that the difficulty of mining (the calculating of hashes) would increase linearly. (We also assumed that there would be no additional charge for operating our servers consistently at full power for an entire year.*) Since mining bitcoins is designed to take a certain amount of time to ensure legitimacy, as more people get involved and more power is added, the cryptography is made more complex to slow down the process. Therefore, as time progresses, more power will be needed to mine (and, thus, more airflow for cooling is also necessary). As a result, it will take more energy to mine fewer bitcoins, with the energy needed consistently increasing.

    *IDrive pays a set rate for a certain amount of electricity which we use to power servers. Mining bitcoins uses energy which increases our power expenditure. In our research, the amount of energy used for mining (during non-peak times) never exceeded our set amount, so this particular factor did not cost more. However, there are two other factors to consider. First, the servers usually operate at about 5% of their capacity during non-peak times; while mining bitcoins, the servers would operate at 100% the entire time. If you pay for the amount of electricity used, this increase in energy would cost more. Second, the increase in server usage could potentially wear out the servers faster, as they are operating at a higher capacity for longer amounts of time. This could shorten their lifespan and require replacing servers more frequently, which is another added cost. Lastly, it is possible that we could eventually exceed our electricity usage limit, which would result in our servers being shut down.

    2) Time

    As mentioned before, it takes a longer time to mine a single bitcoin as more people get involved and the complexity of the cryptography becomes more difficult. Another point we found valuable is the fact that the time spent figuring out the details of the mining process detracted from time that could be spent focusing on our core services.

    3) Revenue

    The value of bitcoins is continually fluctuating based on the market. The ROI would be unpredictable, not to mention the price paid to bitcoin miners will decrease as time goes on since there is a cap on the amount of bitcoins that can be created. Process, energy, complexity, and time will continue to rise as the ROI drops. In our simulated study, it would take a year to mine a total of 0.863 bitcoins. Using the current exchange rate, that would equal around $550.15 USD. As time went on, mining one bitcoin would continue to take longer and longer (while also using more energy). Further, considering we wouldn’t be mining during peak hours, that would cut our processing time in half, doubling the time to make a single bitcoin. So, actually, one year would result in .4315 bitcoins and $275.08 USD.

    4) Security

    Our servers are not currently optimized or configured to mine bitcoins. Running bitcoin software on our servers would require installing the bitcoin daemon on each of them as well as re-opening parts of our network infrastructure (that we’d previously locked down) to enable the bitcoin network to periodically access and talk with our servers. We do continuous network security audits to ensure that we don’t have any areas of our network open that do not need to be. Opening up our network for something non-essential, like bitcoin, seemed like an unnecessary security risk.

    In the end, we learned a lot about the interesting process of bitcoin mining, however, for us, the pros did not outweigh the cons. So, IDrive decided to stick with that we do best.