Tag Archives: Data Loss

  • IDrive Offers Best-in-Class Online Backup for Businesses

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    Data loss shutters 70% of the businesses that experience it, and online backup is the best solution for avoiding that catastrophic loss. That’s why IDrive provides PCMag award-winning, affordable cloud backup to small businesses and enterprises, protecting critical data with the best functionality, easy-to-use features, top-rated performance, and competitive prices.

    IDrive’s key business features include:

    • Backup an unlimited number of smartphones, tablets, computers, and servers into a single, easily managed account.
    • Sub-accounts enable you to manage multiple accounts under a single administrator console.
    • The IDrive Express service secures up to 3TB of data in less than a week via physical storage shipment, ensuring no bandwidth usage. This service is free three times a year.
    • Go hybrid with IDrive Wi-Fi, our 1 to 2TB wireless storage drive enabling lightning fast local backups and restores of your most important business data.
    • Eliminate downtime with online backup for databases and servers. IDrive supports backup for MS SQL Server, MS Exchange Server, MS SharePoint Server and Oracle Server without interrupting their functions.
    • IDrive offers top-rated security utilizing 256-bit AES encryption during data transfer and storage. The option for a Private Encryption Key adds an additional layer of security.
    • IDrive assists business within the medical, accounting, financial and legal professions to comply with legal and federal regulations like HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, SEC / NASD. IDrive also signs Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) to assist with HIPAA compliance.
    • IDrive is optimized to put little demand on your CPU and bandwidth, while offering timesaving incremental and compressed backups of your files.
    • Remote management allows for the viewing of backup sets / logs and scheduling of backup jobs from anywhere.
    • IDrive’s world-class data centers use RAID-protected, industry-leading storage devices with multiple levels of redundancy to protect data. Facilities include custom-designed raised floors, HVAC temperature control systems with separate cooling zones, and seismically-braced racks.
    • Our support center is available 24/7 via live chat, email, or phone.

    Whether you’ve been in business for years or you’re just starting up, IDrive offers a trusted, secure way to protect your critical files from data disasters. Our goal is to help SMBs and enterprise-level businesses eliminate business interruptions with a data backup plan that promotes continued success and productivity at affordable prices.

    Ready to secure your business with IDrive? Our Pro Business Plans start at $99.50/year (with 25% off the first year) which includes 250 GB of storage space.

  • Private key encryption: The Ultimate Cloud Protection

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    Privacy is in the headlines again, but this time it’s not spy agencies that have been snooping on phones, but opportunistic hackers. Over the last few days, a large number of celebrity photo leaks have resulted in one of the most public instances of privacy violation. Even when protecting your data by storing it off-site, there are risks – it can only not happen to famous celebrity, but also you!

    The best way to protect your data when it’s stored off site is with private key encryption. Private keys, as opposed to public/default keys, are unique identifiers that you select to encrypt your data. When the data is encrypted with private keys, no one but the keyholder has the ability to unlock the data.  Think of it like storing a safe in a bank vault. That way, even if the bank gets robbed, they can’t open up your safe.

    As a reminder to all of our IDrive users and new customers, IDrive offers private key encryption in addition to your password, with private key you will be the only one having the access to your data. Not even IDrive employees can access your files, this is the ultimate level of protection from prying eyes. You can learn more about our encryption process here.

    Even more important is mobile protection – and IDrive has that covered as well. IDrive is one of the only services that allows you to securely upload your photos, videos, contacts, and more – and have the same 256-bit AES private key encryption. With private key encryption, your data stays yours.


    Private key encryption is available for no extra cost and can be selected when accessing your IDrive account for the first time.

    Photo courtesy Vera Kratochvil

  • Could Backing Up Your Phone Be Good For Your Health?

    We hear a lot of different things these days about what’s good and bad for us. Sometimes eggs are bad for us, and other times they’re good. Same with salt, even. But the latest item in our daily lives that could be causing us harm might surprise you.

    It may sound a little strange, but this article from Quartz discusses the physiological effects we get from using our smartphones every day – checking e-mails and sending tweets send little jolts to the pleasure centers of our brain, and there’s a ‘withdrawal’ effect if we happen lose that device. Add that to the stress of losing potentially irreplaceable information, or those private items being in the wrong hands, and suddenly you’ve got a recipe for serious stress!  The The physical affects of anxiety are very real, and the researchers have an interesting solution to the problem: back up your phone!

    Knowing that your important photos, videos, contacts, and other data is secure can help reduce the stress you go through when you lose your smartphone, and make getting life back to normal much easier. IDrive has these capabilities more, all within a single account!

    So don’t stress the next time you can’t find your phone; just take a deep breath, and remember you’ve got everything that matters safe within IDrive.

  • What’s the Perfect Backup Strategy?

    When it comes to Backup, it’s always best to have dual approach… backup all your important files locally, and then backup your most critical files online where you’ll have access to them from anywhere. Then, as time permits, you can backup the rest of your important files online, which does take some time… based on your bandwidth, number of GBs being backed up, etc.

    This dual approach has been widely adopted and praised by companies and consumers world-wide. In this recent article from Accounting Web: “10 steps to the CPA’s perfect backup plan”, this approach was highly recommended. The main reason being… in the event of a disastrous data loss where restoration of all your files is absolutely imperative, you can restore your filesimmediately from your local backup vs. having to slowly restore them online, based on those same limitations of bandwidth, number of GBs being restored, etc.

    For this reason, we are proud to introduce the IDrive Portable; the thinnest and lightest USB-powered portable hard drive ever in its class.

    In addition to a great sleek and stylish form factor, IDrive Portable offers a software element that allows for a one-click backup of all your important files (like ‘Documents’, ‘Pictures’, ‘Videos’, ‘Music’, etc.). In addition, it provides an option to easily integrate with IDrive Online Backup using the same data-set (assuming you choose the defaults), but of course the data-sets and schedules are customizable. Other great features include multiple PC backup, 320 GB of storage, open/locked file backup, and more. For details, please see the “IDrive Portable Features” on our website.

    Written by,

    Robert Haines
    Business Development Manager – IDrive

  • Our Changing Economy and Way of Life

    We are bombarded every single day with news of our troubled economy; how our banking systems are collapsing, how auto makers are failing, how credit and insurance companies are hording money and barely staying solvent; how the housing market is crumbling and Americans are losing their homes; and so forth. It’s a dark time in our country’s history; one which all the analysts and experts say will get much worse before it gets better. Consumer spending is at a low-point as Americans are saving what money they can in hopes of trying to stay ahead of this financial disaster.

    However, at the same time Americans are doing something they haven’t done in a while… appreciating the little things. People are enjoying more quiet nights at home, spending time with their friends and families. People are seeking inexpensive leisure activities such as going out to the park, attending social gatherings, etc. Along with such activities, many people are doing what they can to capture these good moments and hold on to these memories. They are blogging more, taking more digital photos and/or filming more home videos of family and friends, and so forth.

    This economic and social shift has led to a vastly growing need for data storage to archive these new digital photos, home videos, writing projects and other important media files. People need inexpensive, reliable, automated, and simple-to-use backup solutions to manage this need for them. At IDrive Online Backup, we understand this great need and we make it very simple and user-friendly to backup your cherished memories.

    IDrive users receive 150 GB of online storage, which is perfect for backing up your important files. The process is very simple to do and automated after the initial setup (designed for the “set it and forget it” user mentality). Best of all, IDrive costs a mere $4.95/month, which is about the cost of a Venti coffee these days. Users can also opt for a yearly payment plan of only $49.50 (includes two months free). With such inexpensive and reliable online backup, we are doing our part in helping people hold onto their precious memories, should their computer hard drives or other traditional backup methods ever falter or fail.

    Written by,

    Robert Haines
    Business Development Manager – IDrive

  • Consumer Data – Did You Back It Up?

    It’s no secret that data security is one of the most critical issues of the information age, which now live in. Nearly everyone has a computer these days, heck most have several computers – one for the office, one for the home, a laptop for travel, a media center computer attached to their TV or entertainment center at home, etc. With so many computers online and so many threats out there, including malicious viruses, faulty hardware components, theft or loss of equipment, accidental damage to equipment, and even user error, how can you best protect your data?

    Relying on traditional backup methods (CDs, DVDs, Tape Backup, USB Hard Drives, etc.) is encouraged, but not always reliable. For consumers, this might mean loss of old family videos, photos, school/work projects, financial records, etc. Such losses may be a sad inconvenience, but seldom devastating. However, for businesses it’s another story altogether.

    Here are some data loss statistics, gathered from various sources…

    • 6% of all PCs will suffer an episode of data loss in any given year. Given the number of PCs used in US businesses in 1998, that translates to approximately 4.6 million data loss episodes. At a conservative estimate, data loss cost US businesses $11.8 billion in 1998. (The Cost Of Lost Data, David M. Smith)
    • 30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years. (Home Office Computing Magazine)
    • 31% of PC users have lost all of their files due to events beyond their control.
    • 34% of companies fail to test their tape backups, and of those that do, 77% have found tape back-up failures.
    • 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster.
    • 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster. 50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately. (National Archives & Records Administration in Washington)
    • American business lost more than $7.6 billion as a result of viruses during first six months of 1999. (Research by Computer Economics)
    • Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days (of a disaster hit) are not likely to survive. (Strategic Research Institute)
    • Simple drive recovery can cost upwards of $7,500 and success is not guaranteed.

    Nonetheless, whether you are a consumer or a business, backing up your data is important. Businesses are mandated to do so in most cases, due to regulatory and compliance laws, but the average consumer doesn’t always make the time to sit down and backup their data. Why is that? For most, it’s lack of time or understanding. Some users feel the process is too time consuming, too complicated, too technical, etc.

    However, there is a solution for that, one which caters to all consumers and businesses alike, regardless of technical expertise or computer savviness – it’s called ONLINE BACKUP. For about the price of a Venti Latte ($5) per month, consumers can install a simple, user-friendly software app on their computers that will automatically backup their important data. The software is automatically configured to backup your ‘Desktop’, ‘Pictures’, ‘Documents’, and other commonly used folders.

    Services like IDrive Online Backup (www.idrive.com) are designed with this exact purpose in mind, making online backup simple, reliable, and hassle-free for the customer.IDrive Online Backup runs on PC and Mac, costs a mere $4.95/month (or $49.50/year) for consumers, and offers 150 GB (Gigabytes) of online backup, which is a significant amount of space to backup MP3 songs, family photos, important documents, etc. IDrive business plans start at $9.95/month (or $99.50/year).

    Written by,

    Robert Haines
    Business Development Manager – IDrive