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  • 3 Tips for Securing Your Tax Files With Cloud Backup

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    It’s time again to file your taxes! You may be filing them yourself with a service like TurboTax, or you may go through a tax accountant. Either way you will likely be storing these critical documents on your computers and other devices, which makes keeping track of them convenient, but not necessarily secure. We’re here to help with a few tips about protecting your tax files, and the personal information on them, using IDrive’s cloud backup solution.

    Remember, TurboTax Has Stopped Offering Cloud Backup

    For those who are desktop users of the tax preparation software TurboTax, we’re reminding you to backup your tax returns since the service dropped its cloud backup functionality last year. To fill the security hole, IDrive has the ability to store your tax returns so you can keep your data secure this tax season. With IDrive, you can restore your tax files from the cloud if the computer or device on which they’re stored fails, as well as keep your data secure from online theft.

    Stops Identity Theft In Its Tracks

    Today the same technology that makes tasks like filing a tax return a breeze can leave your critical data vulnerable to online theft. Frauds have found irresistible prey in taxpayers, whose social security numbers and financial information can be scraped from the databases of the tax services they use. And these guys aren’t amateurs. Just last spring, the personal information of 100,000 taxpayers was heisted by what officials believed to be an organized crime syndicate.

    To keep your tax files secure, IDrive shields your data with military grade encryption that will slam the door on the faces of criminals nosing around in your data. For an added layer of protection, you have a Private Key Encryption option that ensures only you have the unique key code that unlocks the encryption protecting your files.

    Recover Tax Files After Any Disaster

    Computers are vulnerable. They can crash. They can be stolen. And as Steve Jobs famously told a customer whose MacBook Pro was destroyed by a spill, “they don’t like water.” The great thing about IDrive’s backup solution is no matter what happens to your computer, you’ll have an extra copy of the data stored safely in the cloud. With IDrive, you can access your tax returns from any device, including PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, making filing them even more convenient. And did we mention we charge one price for every device, saving you tons of money?

    This tax season, don’t forget to protect your personal information. Sign up for IDrive here to start backing up your critical tax files today!

  • 4 Ways to Capitalize on Cloud Backup in 2016

    Online backup saves you big money by securing your businesses from data loss that cost businesses $1.7 trillion in 2014. But even doing the right thing and protecting your data can still be costly. Needing to make efficient use of tight IT budgets is common, and we want to help you understand how the right cloud backup service can save you even more money.

    Shane Bingham, Business Development Manager at IDrive, runs through four big cost-saving tips for cloud backup in 2016.

    1. Pay one price for every device

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    A lot of online backup services charge fees per device. It’s easier for them to market, and sometimes easier for the consumer to understand. But it no longer fits the world we live in. People are using more devices than ever before, and storing more data on them. Data that needs protecting. A service that offers multiple device backup at one low cost will save more money (and protect more data) overall.

     

    2. Save time and money with upload seeding

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    Once you choose a backup solution, you have the time-consuming and expensive task of uploading all of your data to the cloud. This process can take weeks, clogging up your bandwidth, and taking your focus off managing your business as you monitor the progress of the backup. There is a better way: upload seeding. The IDrive Express service lets you securely transfer your data to a temporary drive which you then mail to us in a pre-paid envelope. Most backups are completed in less than than 7 days, so your time is focused where it needs to be — keeping your business running.

     

    3. Reduce downtime with hybrid backup

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    Cloud backup is the centerpiece of any disaster recovery plan, but it shouldn’t be the only piece. When you have a lot of data to recover after a crash, cloud backup can take hours, even days to restore — when downtime could cost you money with each passing minute. IDrive helps you leverage hybrid backup to protect data on-site in addition to your online backups. That way your data is available right when you need it, as well as stored safely off-site.
     

    4. Protect your data from ransomware with tough encryption

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    While some viruses can cost you money on hardware replacement costs, others go straight for your wallet. Ransomware like CryptoLocker and Cryptoware encrypt your data then demand payment to unlock it. In 2013, McAfee reported finding 250,000 unique samples of Ransomware, double what it discovered in 2012, so it’s safe to say this threat isn’t going anywhere. Shielding your data, and your bank account, from ransomware requires a backup solution with robust tools to deal with nasty viruses. IDrive Rewind lets you roll back to a safe point, before infection, so you can recover your files without having to pay a hacker to get your data back.

    Online backup can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Sign up here to secure your data with IDrive now. In celebration of our back-to-back win of PCMag’s Editors’ Choice Award, we’re offering 25% off on the first year. 

  • Visit IDrive at RootsTech 2016!

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    Keep it in the family with IDrive next week at RootsTech 2016, a leading genealogy event focused on ways of researching, documenting, and preserving family history. We’ll be showcasing our award-winning backup solution, which can help genealogists protect the family trees they work so hard to build.

    How does online backup keep your family history secure and accessible for years to come? The answer lies in keeping your files offsite in case something happens to your hard drive. If the computer you store your family trees, old photos, birth records, or family videos on crashes, gets stolen, or destroyed, you can simply restore your files from the IDrive cloud to your new computer.

    IDrive also keeps your files secure under lock and key with 256-bit AES encryption, as well as private key encryption, so no one can gain access to your personal data.

    Want to learn more? RootsTech 2016 takes place in Salt Lake City, February 3-6. There will be keynote speakers, classes, entertainment, and of course, us! Come visit our team at Booth #1522 to find out how IDrive can help you keep your data secure.

  • IDrive Introduces VMware Backup

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    IDrive now supports virtual machine backup for VMware software. VMware enables you to run several different operating systems under one roof through virtualization, but protecting VMware environments with traditional backup can be costly, slow, and complicated. That’s why IDrive has developed a cost-effective and easy-to-use cloud backup solution to keep your VMs secure from disaster and easily accessible from the cloud.

    Disaster Recovery

    VMware runs on your computer or server multiple virtual machines, which act like real computers with their own operating systems. Each of these VMs can have its own programs and hardware, yet be managed all under one master operating system. But the very same feature that makes VMware great–several different operating systems running on a single master OS–leaves you vulnerable to massive data loss if disaster strikes. That’s why it’s essential to backup your VMware offsite with IDrive, enabling you to recover your virtual machines and maintain operations.

    VMware Backup boasts a host of features, including:

    • Backup unlimited virtual machines in VMware ESXi (5.5, 6.0), Vcenter
    • Incremental and scheduled backup
    • Zero downtime with hot backups of virtual machines
    • Enhanced security with 256-bit AES encryption on transfer and storage, or private key encryption, a user-defined key known only by the user
    • Use in conjunction with VMware vCenter

    Smarter Backup, Complete Recovery

    IDrive offers one of the most affordable VMware backup solutions by reducing storage and bandwidth usage with incremental backups. To accelerate your backup time, we allow you to backup only the latest changes to your VM files, so you don’t waste time and money on duplicate backups.

    You can also backup an unlimited number of VMs, ensuring that all of your VMware properties are not only secure from disaster, but highly accessible when you need them. If disaster strikes, you can restore VMs from anywhere, anytime to keep operations running smoothly.

    Military Grade Encryption

    All VMware files backed up to the IDrive cloud are secured with tough military grade 256-bit AES encryption. Data is encrypted upon transfer and storage to ensure total security.

    For an added layer of protection, IDrive offers Private Key Encryption. You choose the unique key code that unlocks your data, which is not stored on IDrive’s servers. That means only you hold the key to your VMware environments.

    Protecting your virtual environments can be a challenge, but with IDrive, it’s as easy as signing up.

  • They Like Us… They Really Like Us!

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    IDrive online backup understands the importance of listening. That’s why everyday we keep in touch with our community of users in a variety of ways. It helps us continue enhancing our service, and lets us know when we’re doing things right. Here are some of the latest testimonials!

    Keeping the Customer Satisfied

    So what has made us the apple of our users’ eyes as of late? For one thing, our customer support, which is available via 24/7 live chat, email, and phone (Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m PST). Heather McMahon shared a great experience she had with our support on Twitter.

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    Heather also pointed out that IDrive is one of the few services to offer mobile cloud backup. IDrive is compatible with any Android and iOS device, and of course, that includes Heather’s iPhone.

    Hybrid. Cool Word. Great Backup Solution.

    Another happy user, John Davies, thanked us for a couple features. He especially likes our hybrid backup, which integrates local and cloud backup in one solution. Local backup enables you to restore data much faster over a speedy connection, which we added as a complement to our cloud backup solution. That way users get the speed of local with the security of the cloud.

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    John also gave us kudos for our private key encryption, which lets you choose a unique key to unlocking your data. We don’t store this key code on our servers, so only you hold it, making it one of the most secure forms of data protection.

    Security That Saves

    Lastly, John seemed pretty happy about our affordable pricing, which enables you to backup any number of devices at no extra cost with plenty of storage space. Other services like, ahem, the one John throws a little shade on in his tweet, don’t offer the kind of affordability we’re happy to share with our users.

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    Finally, The Ultimate Compliment!

    It’s not everyday we get a compliment from a fellow backup service, so we were glad to receive some praise from the team at Backup-My-Website, who like not just one, but all of our features.

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    Want to find out what’s so great about IDrive? Sign up today and secure all your data for less.

  • Talq Introduces Push Promotions for Businesses

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    Good news for business users of talq, the free app that privately connects your businesses to customers via messaging! Businesses can now promote deals through push notifications sent directly to the screens of their customers via the talq app allowing business owners to reach their customer base more effectively over other forms of advertising like direct mailers and create better loyalty.

    With talq, businesses bridge the gap between themselves and their clientele through a sophisticated mobile messaging platform. Every business chooses a talq ID to include in their branding and promotional materials. This unique code enables users to quickly look up businesses in the talq directory. Customers can contact businesses for customer support just as quickly as sending a text message. Now, with push promotions, businesses can promote special deals just as easily.

    Since talq launched last year, businesses have used the innovative app to get better customer satisfaction rates and build powerful reputations. In contrast with other kinds of customer support channels, talq allows consumers to:

    • Message multiple businesses
    • Sync chats across all their smartphones and tablets to pick up discussions later on
    • Attach pictures and documents

    Want to promote to your customers even more directly than social media, emails, and telephone? talq is available on iOS and Android devices today!

  • Introducing IDrive One

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    Today at CES,  IDrive is announcing our most innovative storage device yet, IDrive One, a 1TB or 2TB external encrypted drive that offers lightning fast wireless access, extended Wi-Fi range, fast local encrypted backup, media streaming and each drive comes with a year free of IDrive cloud backup.

    More Data Faster

    In terms of speed and space, IDrive One is fitted with 802.11 AC, giving you speedier connectivity, while maintaining backwards compatibility with devices geared toward older wireless standards.

    AC is the speediest and strongest wireless standard today. It’s connectivity travels through more walls with faster speeds and works with both old and new technologies. With a range of up to 150 feet, you’ll never feel tethered to IDrive One as you might with a wired device.

    Extend Your Mobile Storage, Stream Media with the IDrive One App

    With IDrive One users are no longer limited by their mobile device storage. And with the modern household or business having multiple iPhones, iPads and Android devices, storage tends to fill up fast. But with the IDrive One app users can quickly transfer their photos, videos, and music right to IDrive One. This frees up storage so users can continue taking photos/videos without interruption.  

    The IDrive One app also enables users to stream music, pictures, and videos, to their mobile phones, tablets or computers, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

    This is particularly convenient for users with limited storage on their devices. If you can’t store more data on your device, you can stream all your media from IDrive One to your mobile phone or tablet, enabling users to extend their mobile storage. No more of those annoying out-of-storage messages when you are trying to take a picture or video.

    Encrypted local backup

    All data backed up to the IDrive One device is guarded with military grade encryption as data is protected with 256-AES encryption with an optional private key, that is only known to the user, so that no one else can access your data but you.

    IDrive One will be available Q1 of 2016 and comes in two models 1TB ($99.99) and 2TB ($149.99). Each includes a free year of IDrive Cloud Backup for an added level of protection. For 2TB buyers we’ve upped your cloud space to include 2TB of IDrive backup storage, which is perfect for our power users. Also 1TB IDrive One customers will get 1TB of cloud space, helping them backup all of their devices to the cloud.

    Want to see IDrive One up close? CES-goers can visit our booth at LVCC, South Hall 4 – 36080, January 6-9, 2016.

  • 191M Voter Records Leaked! Is Your Cloud Data Secure?

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    This week a whitehat hacker found a mysterious database of leaked US voting records stashed on the web like a trove of stolen treasure. The data, which was up until its discovery publicly available, includes the names, addresses, dates of birth, and home numbers of 191 million Americans. Since many states restrict how voter data is used, departments as high up as the FBI have been notified.

    The leak goes to show how vulnerable we are to online theft that grows more and more advanced, but that doesn’t mean your data protection plan can’t be just as powerful. With IDrive’s encrypted online backup solution, you can rest assured that all your personal files will remain private.

    Is It Secret? Is It Safe?

    So how does IDrive keep data secure in the era of leaks? Three words: Encryption, encryption, encryption. And the strongest available.

    Any data backed up with IDrive is protected with military grade 256-bit AES encryption. You can guard your personal files, including private photos, videos, and documents containing sensitive information from online threats.

    Your data, like your voter records, are personal, so they should stay private. That’s why IDrive offers private key encryption in addition to AES. Private key enables to choose a unique keycode with which only you can unlock your data. No one else, not even IDrive, knows the key.

    All Your Devices, All Your Data

    IDrive enables you to backup any number of devices, with no extra charge per device. That means all of your data from all of your smartphones, tablets, and computers will be securely encrypted in the cloud.

    Is your data secure? Backup all your devices with IDrive today!

  • Happy Holidays from IDrive Online Backup!

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    Christmas time is here! It’s a time of giving, receiving, and making memories that last a lifetime.

    From the IDrive team to yours, may your family photos of turkey carving, gift opening, and toasting to the New Year be secure through the seasons. May you hark to your favorite christmas jingles from on high in the cloud, where they’re accessible from any PC, Mac, Android or iOS device–including the new iPad Air 2 under your Christmas tree. And may all your holiday memories stay safe from data disaster with online backup.

    IDrive wishes you joy, peace, and data protection at the holidays and throughout the New Year.

    The IDrive Team

  • How Did Half The British Adult Population Lose Their Photos?

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    A recent Jessop survey of over 2,000 British citizens revealed an unsettling statistic about data loss across the Pond: 44% of UK adults have lost digital photos that were important to them. We were a little concerned to find that most of those polled “wish they printed” their photographic treasures to keep them safe. While there’s nothing like holding a photograph in your hand or hanging it on your wall, there are a number of reasons why online backup is a better safeguard for preserving your photos through the years.

    Total Protection For Your Photos

    One of the most common causes of Britain’s data loss is losing or breaking hardware. That can include a variety of not so freak accidents like spilling coffee on your computer or dropping your phone in the toilet, as well as crazier occurrences like theft, intentional damage, and, as we went over last month, spontaneous combustion. The other most common way for British adults to lose their photos is by accidentally deleting them.

    So is printing photos the best way to secure them? The answer is, not really.

    While printing a photo will keep it secure from data disasters, you’re still counting on your photograph not being lost or damaged just like your hardware. Physical things don’t last forever, so printing isn’t exactly your best bet for keeping your photographs preserved through the years. On the other hand, if you backup all your data to the cloud, you can restore files to whatever device replaces the smoldering shell hole in the floor that used to be your PC.

    Access Your Photos From Anywhere

    So what if you want to show off a picture of your son’s graduation, but you left your print at home? Cloud backup not only secures your photos, but makes them accessible from anywhere via any device. IDrive is compatible with PC and Mac, as well as mobile devices from the Android and iOS platforms. That means you can restore that graduation photo directly to your mobile phone on the spot via the PCMag award-winning IDrive app.

    Photos stored digitally or printed both face an inherent risk of being lost, but with online backup, your photos will remain restorable and printable forever.