Cloud Backup and Remote Access - The Official IDrive Blog

  • Top 5 Reasons to Add Online Backup to your Routine

    Fun Fact: World Backup Day is March 31st. Chances are, you – or someone you know – has had the unfortunate experience of losing important data. Every day someone’s hard drive bites the dust (somehow, this happens more often to college students right around finals. Weird right?). Save yourself the headache with IDrive Online Backup. Not convinced? Here’re our Top 5 reasons to include Online Backup in your routine:

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    5. Hardware Failure – Almost everyone has experienced this. One day, you’re working on your computer with no problems. You’re slinging emails like a boss. You’re editing photos better than those photoshopping hacks over at Vogue. You’re kicking digital online ass. Then boom. Your hard drive gives up the ghost and takes all your data down with it. Computers break. Backing your stuff up to the cloud ensures that when something goes wrong, you’re not screwed.

    4. Murphy’s Law – Accidents happen all the time. You have no control over random disasters like spilled coffee on a laptop, or the apocalypse. Trust us. It’ll be much easier to restart your life after the end of the world from a cloud backup.

    3. Automatic – The best part about backing up with IDrive is that you can be lazy about it. Schedule your back-ups and let IDrive do the work. You can even have it send you notifications when a back-up runs! That’s peace of mind for a minimal amount of effort.

    2. Secure – Privacy is a huge concern in the digital age. IDrive stores your files using top-of-the-line, 256-bit AES encryption. That means you don’t have to worry about hackers brute forcing their way to your data. It also means that you’re the only one who can see what files you’re storing.

    1. Data is Valuable – Your data is the most valuable part of your computer. Parts can be replaced, but those incriminating self shots, extensive library of polska albums and embarrassing high school poems are what make it yours. It’s not easy to replace that stuff. Back it up.

    You can sign up today for a free 5 GB account, or check out our pricing page if you need more space. Start today! Questions? Comments? Reply below or drop us a line at publicrelations@idrive.com!

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  • IDrive at RSA Conference 2013

    IDrive is excited to announce participation in the most comprehensive forum on information security – the annual RSA Conference at San Francisco, from February 25th to Mar 1st. Come visit us at booth 359 at Moscone center!

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    We will be announcing new features for our products and will also be running promotions where you can sign up for FREE 25GB accounts at our booth.

    It will be a perfect opportunity for you to come and check out if our online services are a viable option for your data storage and sync needs. If you still haven’t tested IDrive’s redesigned interface, we would be happy to demo it for you or help you with any other questions you might have about our products.

    If you’re not going to be at the event, you can still receive the latest updates from the event on our twitter page, @IDriveBackup.

  • Meet the all new IDrive

    With all new redesigned IDrive, you can experience high-performance and simplicity at once.

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    We are excited to introduce the fully redesigned IDrive. It now has a fresh and modern look, with key features highlighted to make it easier than ever to protect, access, and share your data. IDrive carries a consistent design theme across web, desktop and mobile apps to ensure enhanced user experience.

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    IDrive is now written in HTML5; designed for effective and intuitive navigation. Deep footers and sidebars on pages provide shortcuts to related content, product resources and datasheets!

    The web client functions were significantly improved, through restructuring the information architecture and tagging throughout the site.

    You can see it for yourself at IDrive.com and get started with our 5 GB free account. Don’t miss on the opportunity to refer friends and get free storage space.

    We hope you enjoy using IDrive as much as we enjoyed creating it!

  • IDrive to Participate in Macworld 2013

    IDrive is thrilled to announce participation in Macworld expo and conference. If you are in San Francisco this January 31st to February 2nd, come meet us at Moscone Center – West Hall Booth 211.

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    We will be featuring our products and apps just out from the assembly line. This would be a perfect event to tell us about how you’ve been using IDrive or improve our services. If you have any questions, we will be happy to help you.

    If you’re not going to be at the event, you can still check out the latest updates from the event on our twitter, @IDriveBackup.

    Come see if IDrive is an option for your needs. Or simply drop by and say hello!

  • A ‘Sign’ of the Times

    Late last week, we got a special delivery here to the IDrive offices. We decided it was time for us to be a little more high-profile, and what better way to do that, than to get a new sign?

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    Today’s blog is brought to you by the letter “e”

    Our intrepid installers brought a hefty lift to make sure they could safely attach the sign to our headquarters, and were quickly up in the air to apply the new sign. Check out the full gallery below!

  • Olympic Season reminds you to back that data up!

    Olympic season is here! The world is keeping its eye on London, where the 2012 Olympics open this Friday. There are other people, however, keeping their eyes on you and your digital devices. According to Venafi, a provider of IT security, an estimated 67,000 phones will be lost or stolen with at least a third of those being smartphones. The amount of data loss with this estimate is a staggering 214 terabytes! This figure isn’t including potential loss or theft of laptops or tablet devices.

    According to Gregory Webb, Venafi’s VP of Marketing, “There’s been an explosion of corporate data available to users from their mobile devices. This is a real danger and one that is often overlooked[.] People don’t consider or take action to protect the vast volumes of information they carry and have internet access to. With the ever-shrinking boundaries between work devices and work-enabled personal devices, lost or stolen smartphones and other mobile devices that fall into the wrong hands place companies and business data at tremendous risk.”

    Now is the best time to start thinking about your critical data and what you can do to safeguard it. At IDrive, we pride ourselves on our secure universal backup services. Backup all of your PCs, Macs, Android, and iOS devices all into one account, so you never end up without critical data in the unthinkable happens.

    IDrive (Online Backup) is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and in the Android Market. Using our app, you can back up contacts, photos, and videos directly from your iOS or Android device! Since data is stored in the cloud, it can be restored later with ease.

    Those interested can create a free IDrive account and store their first 5 GB at no charge.  IDrive Online Backup is available on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

    Sources:

    Venafi.com

    LA Times

  • Why privacy and security are so important in cloud storage?

    The recent address book leakage with a popular online storage, sync and sharing service provider highlights the privacy and security issues with cloud storage services in general.

    This is exactly why we focus on privacy and security. Our services IDrive, IBackup and the recently launched IDriveSync are built from the ground up using our own infrastructure, APIs, and a sharp focus on privacy and security, with AES 256 Bit encryption of data on storage with a unique key for every account, and a private key option (currently available for IDrive and IBackup)  that makes it impossible for anyone to have access to the data except the user.

    This focus may mean we may be compromising on certain business opportunities, including being able to scan the data and present advertisements based on user data, or offer some viral features. But this is not a direction we will take. Our focus will be on providing the most private and secure online storage, backup, sync and access services.

    Due to our focus and efforts we now store over 30 PetaBytes of data. We appreciate your support and trust.

    Raghu Kulkarni, CEO

  • IDrive Introduces Linux Online Backup

    Good news for the Linux enthusiasts out there; IDrive now has a way for you to backup your critical data into the cloud! Today, we’d like to introduce the Linux box Backup script from IDrive.

    To get started backing up your critical data, the first thing you need is an IDrive account. Even a free IDrive account will do, you can sign up quickly and easily right now! Next, just download the script from the IDrive App Gallery and follow the instructions listed to get your backup up and running.

    This plugin was made using IDrive’s EVS public APIs, and an excellent example of a real-world application using the EVS APIs. Built with developers in mind, EVS is a powerful, easy to use service that provides secure, encrypted and versioned cloud storage. Unlike other generic storage systems, IDrive EVS has storage encryption, versioning, and block level incremental transfers built in.

    Developers have the freedom to create innovative applications to customize backup, storage, disaster recovery, and more that are highly efficient, scalable and require minimal coding. EVS was built, in house, from the ground up, for IDrive.  These powerful APIs are freely available, making it easy to upload, retrieve, manage, and store data any time, from anywhere on the Internet.

    Those interested can create a free IDrive account and store their first 5GB at no charge, developers included.  You can create EVS apps for IDrive without the need of a paid account.

    IDrive Online Backup is also available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • Security Report Details Vulnerabilities, IDrive Online Backup Provides a Solution

    According to a new report released by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT), several competing Online Backup companies have been found lacking in the area of security. The report found security issues and vulnerabilities with several popular Online Backup and Online Sync providers. Some areas where much work was needed include transport security and encryption. IDrive Online Backup, however, is already following the suggested steps outlined by SIT to have optimal security.

    Complaints that SIT had about competitors include that they use lower-grade, or even no encryption before transport. IDrive protects your files by using 256-bit AES encryption, which is a military-grade encryption standard; before files ever leave your computer, they are encrypted by the IDrive software. In the extremely unlikely case that a file gets intercepted during transport, it will look like a jumbled mess due to the encryption. Think of it as putting all your important data into a security briefcase  before sending it over to us.

    Competing products also had issues with encryption on the server side. Two of the seven services use a proprietary key, so there’s no telling how those work. Additionally, three of the remaining the seven providers included in the study don’t encrypt files stored on their servers at all. Just think about that for a minute! Your entire digital life – every photo, every document – all stored somewhere in the cloud with no encryption to protect it. That would be like keeping important documents in a plain drawer without a key. What’s the point in paying for a service like that?

    At IDrive, we use the same exact 256-bit AES encryption to store your files once they’ve been securely uploaded to our servers. In this case, it’s like IDrive receiving your security briefcase and placing the contents into a secure storage vault. Again, this is the top-of-the-line encryption standard used by banks and the military to keep sensitive information as safe as possible.

    Create a free IDrive account today, and securely back up your digital life. IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter,Google+ and LinkedIn.

  • They Didn’t Back It Up

    In the history of mankind, there is one single, great source seen as the combined work of human knowledge.  The most complete records on math, science, literature, and history all contained in one central location. No, not Wikipedia – we’re talking about the legendary Library of Alexandria.

    Demetrius of Phaleron, a Greek writer/philosopher, and student of Aristotle, originally founded the Library in the 3rd Century BCE. Far from just a collection of books, the Library of Alexandria was meant to house the world’s collected knowledge, and serve as a place of discussion, debate, and discovery. Much like modern day computers, the Library contained all of the most precious data to society. Meeting halls and studies were included, in addition to hundreds of thousands of documents from every corner of the civilized world. Ships visiting the port at Alexandria were even required to lend their books to the Library, so that their scribes could copy them for future study.

    Sometime between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE the library was burned in a series of massive fires, resulting in the near total loss of the archive’s contents. Instead of being remembered for the innumerable tomes and scrolls stored in the Library, the legacy has become more about its destruction; a destruction which remains a topic hotly debated by historians to this day.

    However it happened, one of the greatest troves of human knowledge was irrecoverably lost to time, and had an untold impact on the advancement of human society.  We’ll probably never know exactly how much information was irrevocably lost, but if they’d had an off-site backup, scrolls stored safely on the other side of the empire, perhaps the world would look very different today.

    You can secure your precious knowledge absolutely free, by creating a free 5 GB account.

    IDrive Online Backup is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

    Questions? Comments? Send them to publicrelations@idrive.com. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

    Sources:

    1. Wikipedia, Library of Alexandria
    2. Straight Dope, What happened to the great Library of Alexandria?