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  • 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.

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    Sources:

    1. Wikipedia, Library of Alexandria
    2. Straight Dope, What happened to the great Library of Alexandria?
  • Microsoft Office Backup Plugin for IDrive goes Open Source

    IDrive Online Backup is releasing the Source Code for our Microsoft Office Backup IDrive plugin. Released a little over a month ago, at the same time as the IDrive App Gallery, the plugin is designed to protect Excel, Powerpoint, and Word files in real-time, to an IDrive account. Right alongside the real-time backups is versioning; the latest 30 versions of the files are accessible right from the plugin. It’s some of the best insurance you can get in case of digital accidents.

    IDrive Apps - Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in

    This plugin was made using IDrive’s EVS public APIs, and an excellent example of a real-world application using the EVS APIs. Since we’re releasing the source code, anyone can download the code and see exactly how to use EVS and the free API to create a simple, but very useful app.

    IDrive doesn’t charge any licensing or royalty fees for using EVS; all that’s necessary is an IDrive account, even a free 5 GB account will do. Additionally, developers who create apps for the IDrive App Gallery will be eligible for the same referral commissions as IDrive Partners. For every customer who signs up for IDrive through a developer’s app, that developer will receive a 25% commission on all membership fees collected from that customer. This commission is on top of whatever revenue generated from sales of their app. The more customers who sign up for IDrive through your app, the more commission you will receive! Interested developers can download the EVS APIs and get started today.

    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.

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  • IDrive Online Backup’s EVS Platform Leaps Forward

    As more of our lives move online, into the clouds, encrypted backup and storage of not just our vital data, but our personal photos, files and streams is becoming critical. The responsibility to provide a secure cloud storage and online backup solution is on the shoulders of the developers of the software people use every day.

    IDrive is working to provide solutions to those developers by delivering two interfaces which they can use to integrate encrypted storage into their applications:

    • Command Line Utility – Develop highly scalable, reliable and fast applications to manage storage on IDrive EVS. Best for desktop applications and also ideal for CRON jobs.
    • REST APIs – An interface designed to allow developers to easily build web and mobile applications to manage storage on IDrive EVS.

    To help support our REST APIs users, IDrive has developed three new libraries supporting modern web languages:



    Using these libraries, web and mobile applications developers can provide secure cloud storage and backup that works seamlessly with IDrive. In addition to providing users with secure storage within their own apps, developers can also leverage the entire IDrive ecosystem of consumer web and mobile tools already developed for users to manage their data.
    There is no reason to leave user data unencrypted in the cloud, something security experts warn everyone about, but developers can only do so with IDrive. Take advantage of the IDrive web client libraries, and use a secure REST API for storing and backing up files in your PHP, Python or Ruby web applications. These powerful APIs are freely available, making it easy to upload, retrieve, manage, and store data any time, from anywhere on the Internet.

    Interested developers can create a free IDrive account to get 5 GB at no charge. Developers can create EVS apps for IDrive without the need of a paid 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.

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  • Privacy and You: Why Google Drive May Not Be Your Best Option

    Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about Google Drive, an upcoming service from Google. It’s claimed that Google Drive will offer users 5GB of free storage, with the option to purchase more at any time. So what’s going to be the biggest problem with Google Drive? In a word, privacy.

    Google has no problem targeting ads directly to their users based on the content of their Gmail messages. What’s to stop Google from doing the same with the documents and other files you’d upload to Google Drive? How private is it, really?

    At IDrive, we are committed to providing secure, fast, and simple Online Backup. IDrive Online Backup, on it’s new EVS platform, has offered 5 GB accounts – completely free of charge, no strings attached – for a long time, now. On top of that, IDrive also has:

    • Built-in 256-bit encryption – Your files are encrypted at your computer BEFORE being sent to our servers with our optional personal encryption key. With the private encryption option, nobody – not even IDrive – can decrypt your files!
    • Cross-compatibility – A single IDrive account, on the EVS platform, can be accessed seamlessly from Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android devices.
    • No data mining – IDrive does not scan or search your personal files. Your documents and other files are personal and private; we get that, and we think it should stay that way.
    • Plug-ins – IDrive was built from the ground-up with our own EVS platform, the API’s of which are freely available for developers to create plug-ins for the service.
    • IDrive Connect – One example of a plug-in for IDrive. IDrive Connect allows you to map your Google Docs to a lettered drive on your computer! Additionally, back up your Google Docs to your IDrive Online Backup account.

    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.

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  • IDrive Apps Showcase New IDrive-Enabled Software

    IDrive Apps is a new gallery showcasing software using EVS public APIs that integrate the speed, security, and efficiency of IDrive’s cloud with other software such as Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Developers such as Primadesk have made it possible for IDrive subscribers to access their data via their own application, opening up more options for users.

    At launch, the IDrive Apps gallery includes:

    • IDrive Connect for Google Docs – Make Google Docs look and act just like a regular folder on your Windows PC. This means that you can do things like drag-and-drop to download or upload, convert popular file types to Google Docs format, and even share files all using a convenient, familiar interface.
      IDrive Connect for Google Docs
    • Password Storage Vault – Store your online passwords in a single location, your secure IDrive account.  These passwords will be encrypted with a private key, known only to you and no one else.  Password Storage Vault can also auto-generate complex passwords for you; if you can access your IDrive account, you can access everything else.
      IDrive Apps - Password Storage Vault
    • Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in – Protect your work in real-time!  Save your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to your IDrive account as you work on them. Never lose a file due to a crash or other unexpected failure again. Plus, the plug-in makes it easy to restore up to 30 previous versions of any file you’re working on.
      IDrive Apps - Microsoft Office Backup Plug-in
    • Primadesk – Allows users to search, manage, and backup their personal cloud data, all using a single interface. Access all of your Internet services, including your IDrive cloud storage with a single login.
      IDrive Apps - Primadesk

    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. This gives developers 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 available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for mobile devices in the Apple App Store and Android Market.

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  • IDrive Connect, the Best Way to Google Docs Outside of Google Docs

    Word on the street says Google is gearing up to launch a cloud service of some kind that could bring a host of new features to the desktop, but why wait on Google?

    We’ve released some exciting new software; IDrive Connect. This new app allows users to access their Google Docs as if they were sitting in a regular folder on their computer. This allows for some extremely useful functionality that makes editing and uploading to Google Docs a breeze:

    • Drag-and-drop to easily upload and download files
    • Automatically convert popular document types to Google Docs format
    • Share files and folders directly within IDrive Connect

    Plus, IDrive Connect has the option to save items in Google Docs directly to your existing IDrive account. Create a free IDrive account today, and start backing up your digital life.

    IDrive Connect for Google Docs

    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.

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  • New Educational Discounts for NYC and the UK Added

    We’ve been offering those with .edu or @k12.state.us email addresses up to 50% off on a Personal or Family IDrive plan. We’ve now added two new types of email addresses that are eligible for the discount!

    Students, teachers and staff in New York City with @schools.nyc.gov and in the UK with .ac.uk addresses can now sign up for up to 50% off too!

    Schools and universities often maintain elaborate, specialized networks to connect their staff to the many terabytes of research data and other digital assets they’ve compiled. Having a remote backup of that data is often a strict policy due to federal regulations such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley and with EVS, IT departments can build applications that fit their institutions specific needs using easy-to-implement APIs.

    Faculty and staff can safeguard files with IDrive’s built-in private encryption key options which allows subscribers to protect their data with a user-defined phrase and with anytime/anywhere access to stored files via the web or mobile devices users are never left without their information at hand.


    Some important features to note for students and teachers:

    • Access documents and files from any PC, Mac, iOS or Android device
    • Share files/folders with others, collaborate on presentations
    • Files are always encrypted and private key encryption is available for maximum security
    • Unlimited file retention and 30 past versions available for restore (versions are stored free)
    • Continuous Data Protection for real-time backup of schoolwork, never lose a paragraph
    • Top-notch network performance on the EVS cloud
    • Live 24-hour support

    IDrive 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.

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    Hoping you and your computer have a great day!
    Stephen Gold, Business Development Manager | IDrive.com

  • RemotePC Improves Performance, Updates Existing Plans and Introduces New Free Plan

    RemotePC, built by the folks behind IDrive, introduces new plans including a free plan for one computer that makes it possible to remotely access a PC or Mac from any other PC, Mac or iOS device – get started at www.remotepc.com.

    “We’ve made some improvements to RemotePC that have really stepped up performance,” said Raghu Kulkarni, CEO, “We can now offer our current and new customers more hosts for the same price and we have a new plan that gives anyone free-for-life remote access for one computer.”

    Using RemotePC, subscribers can remotely access Windows and Mac computers over the Internet via any other computer or using the RemotePC app for iPad and iPhone. Connect to home or office computers on the fly to work on documents, collaborate on presentations and projects with others, print from the remote computer and listen to audio files.

    For IT professionals, RemotePC is a cost-effective way to remotely manage rack-mounted servers or any other machine that needs to be accessed. Easily reboot computers without losing the remote connection, work behind firewalls without an elaborate setup and transfers files without any size or type limitations. Communication between computers is protected with an SSL connection.

    RemotePC Remote Access

    • Remotely access PCs and Macs from other computers or iOS mobile devices
    • All connections are securing using 128-bit SSL
    • Flexibly works behind most firewalls/proxy servers
    • Collaborate with others with built-in chat and easy file transfer
    • Remotely print documents and listen to audio files

    RemotePC is available for home and server editions of Windows and Mac OS X and for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch devices running iOS on the Apple App Store.

  • Why IBackup is Possibly the Best Value in Small Business Online Backup

    With universal, multi-platform support for Windows, Mac and Linux, public APIs for custom application development and 100GB plans starting at $9.95/month, IBackup is possibly the best value in small business online backup – read more at www.ibackup.com.

    According to a report from Strategic Research Corp and PricewaterhouseCoopers, a staggering 70% of small businesses face serious risk of closing their doors within one year of a major data loss incident. Due to this risk there are several regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley that aim to protect businesses and consumers by requiring financial, medical, educational, legal and other types of businesses to protect and backup important data.

    Disaster Recovery

    The recent Cibecs 2011 Business Data Loss Report shows that 59% of businesses are investigating remote, automatic online backup to protect their company’s future.

    SMBs and medium-sized organizations can get the same high-performance disaster recovery protection Fortune 500 companies safeguard themselves with – for a fraction of the cost. IBackup is fully loaded; no extras to buy or hidden fees for advanced features.

    • Plans start at $9.95 for 100GB of storage with unlimited file retention
    • Universal, multi-platform support for Windows, Mac and Linux
    • Public APIs can be used to create custom applications including special apps for mobile and NAS devices
    • Private encryption options built-in for maximum security
    • Easily protect production Microsoft SQL, Exchange, SharePoint, Oracle databases without interrupting users
    • Manage the account on-the-go with IBackup for Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
    • Up to 30 most recent versions of each file held free

    Those interested can test IBackup free for 15 days on www.ibackup.com. IBackup is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and iOS.

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  • Your Company is Running a 50% Risk of Serious Data Loss

    The truth is, there’s nothing you can do to accurately predict whether a disaster, natural or not, will affect your business. It’s a good bet that you’ve already dealt with some form of data loss from hardware failure, employees’ negligence or theft. These three reasons alone account for 83% of enterprise data loss last year! (source) Or maybe you already have an IDrive account and are ready for the unexpected?

    It’s likely your own business is at risk:

    • Over 50% of businesses surveyed lost data in the last 12 months alone – 20% of them said it would take more than a week to recover.
    • While 47% of IT managers implement a policy of instructing employees to backup their computers to a drive or server, 34% of businesses reported that employees not following this policy was their biggest obstacle in getting everyone backed up. Very risky.
    • About 50% of employees use a laptop as their work computer and devices like the iPhone, iPad and Android-based tablets are becoming more important in the workplace. Mobile devices carry an increased risk, of course.

    Preparation for an event where a backup is necessary to continue operating is critical. History shows around 70% of small businesses fail within one year of major data loss (Strategic Research Corp/Price Waterhouse Coopers). It’s in your best interests to have a reliable backup strategy in case of seemingly inevitable data loss.

    From FEMA’s Emergency Management Guide for Business & Industry:

    Every year emergencies take their toll on business and industry […] But something can be done. Business and industry can limit injuries and damages and return more quickly to normal operations if they plan ahead.

    59% of businesses are looking into an automatic, off-site, online backup solution and IDrive is an excellent choice providing universal Windows/Mac/iOS/Android backup for an unlimited number of computers and mobiles with built-in private encryption options and 24-hour live customer support.

    IDrive 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.

    Hoping you and your computer have a great day!
    Stephen Gold, Business Development Manager | IDrive.com