MozyHome Free 2GB Online Backup Solution

Free Online Backup Over time you can accumulate a lot of important stuff on your computer. Photos, videos, music, important documents and data you can not replace. What would you do if your hard drive failed, a virus infected your computer or one of your important files became corrupt?

Hopefully you presently have some sort of backup system. External hard drive, DVD backup or online solution. The worse thing you can do is bury your head in the sand and think that nothing bad will ever happen to your computer. By nature all computers and hard drives WILL eventually fail.

Backup solutions range from buying an external hard drive for under $100 to online backup. Mozy is a good online alternative and best of all they offer a 2 Gigabyte service for FREE. Should you need unlimited online backup space you can get a full MozyHome account for just $4.95 per month.

Mozy is easy to setup and use. Just log on to their web site and create and account. Download and install their software and select the files or directories you want backed up.

Other features include:

  • Open/locked file support: Mozy will back up your documents whether they’re open or closed.
  • 128-bit SSL encryption: The same technology used by banks secures your data during the backup process.
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption: Secures your files while in storage, providing peace of mind that your private data is safe from hackers.
  • Automatic: Schedule the times to back up and MozyHome does the rest.
  • New and changed file detection: MozyHome finds and saves the smallest changes.
  • Backs up Outlook files: Disaster-proof email protection.
  • Block-level incremental backup: After the initial backup, MozyHome only backs up files that have been added or changed, making subsequent backups lightning fast.

I currently use an external hard drive to backup my important data to. It is fast and convenient. What it is not is secure and protected. Portable hard drives can just up and walk away taking all of your important data with it. Plus what happens if it goes bad or becomes infected along with your computer? Not to mention if there were a fire or theft and both your computer and external backup were destroyed.

Experts agree that off-site backups are the best way to ensure your important files are protected. While I will continue to use my external hard drive backup solution, as extra insurance (free at that), I will use Mozy to store documents and files that can not be replaced.

MozyHome supports Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, and Mac OS X (10.4 and 10.5). For more information visit the Mozy web site.

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