Backup, what backup?? Some of you have heard about my backup mantra speech so excuse the redundancy (ok bad pun) Backup is important and needs to happen automagically without my intervention once setup. Did you know that most hard drives only are rated for 3 years of use, there warranty is only for 3 years, interesting so if your running around with a 3 year old or older laptop computer you're asking for trouble if you're not doing regular backups. But forget failures, laptops get stolen at an alarming rate and it's bye bye data, as well as the inevitable breakage of a device we drag around in a flimsy bag or backpack.
Dot Mac users for $99 per year get nice automatic backup, also Mac users can use Time Machine although Time Machine backs up to a local drive. It's vital to have some type of off site backup and so for those who don't want to fork out $99 / year or those infidels in the PC world may want to look at Mozy. Mozy is for mac and windoze and gives you 2 gigs of free storage.You'll get a chunk of 256 megs added to this for each person you sign up. It's not gonna store you 20 gigs of MP3s but it's fine for Documents, address book, keychains and program preference files. So go ahead, click and my link below, get free storage and share the love!
YouTube video - Smiley faced TV news folks extoll the virtues of backing up your shite - Shite, we knew that!
From the Mozy.com site
Why all the fuss about backup?
Chances are you have a lot of important stuff on your computer like financial documents, email, digital photos, music and more. Unfortunately, computers are vulnerable to hard drive crashes, virus attacks, theft and natural disasters, which can erase everything in an instant.Current statistics show that one in every ten hard drives fail each year. The cost of recovering a failed hard drive can exceed $7,500, and success is never guaranteed.
Insurance for your data.
Mozy is a simple and safe way to back up all the important stuff on your computer. A copy of your data is stored in a secure, remote location for safekeeping, so that in the event of disaster your data is still retrievable.
What makes Mozy so great?
Mozy makes online backup possible for everyone with an affordable, secure solution that's easy to use. Don't just take our word for it. Check out the news section to see all the nice awards we have received and what the experts are saying about Mozy.
Funny copy from the Mozy site - funny but true
Alternatives to MozyHome
- Burn a new CD or DVD every Sunday night and store it at your brother-in-law's office.
- Pay $200/year for an online backup service that uses old, mediocre software.
- Buy a $200 external hard drive and hope your office doesn't burn down.
- Do nothing and don't worry about backup. (We suggest closing your eyes, plugging your ears and repeating "I'm in my happy place, I'm in my happy place.")
- Run a cron job of rsync, gzip and mcrypt piped over ssh to your friend's server over his DSL line.
Ok we get the bloody picture mozy!!