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  • 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?
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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