CrashPlan, a good offsite data backup option

Do you have a solution for data backup? Maybe an external USB hard drive? Or Monthly burns to CD or DVD? As backups go, these might be sufficient for the regular home computer user, but as a webworker we might want to think about an offsite solution. Although sometimes very costly, offsite backups provide a high level of security, and provide proper storage for digital materials in case of hard drive failures, fire, and theft.

I was recently introduced to a company called CrashPlan, which offers automatic offsite backup, and computer backup solutions. When setting up a new account with CrashPlan, it is automatically configured to backup documents to the CrashPlan Central, which is their main data center. This service is free for your first 30 days, than requires a license ranging from $19.99 to $59.99 depending on the feature set you choose. No monthly fees are involved, which is great bonus.

The CrashPlan system also allows for computer back up. This is a free service that allows you to transfer unlimited data between two computers with desktop applications for PC, Mac and Linux users. An extremely handy solution when you switch between two computers throughout the day, like a laptop, and desktop.

The backup transfer service will also work between a Mac and a PC. What if you happen to have the biggest computer hard drive on the block and feel like letting neighbors and friends store backup data on your hard drive? You can allow them access to a certain area on your hard drive, with a designated amount of storage space for each person. This can all be done through an online remote management system.

If you don’t have a data backup plan in place, you should seriously think about it.  As an alternative you can look into Bingo Disk, who offers a disk failure solution as well as data storage with access from anywhere starting at $49/month. Dell also announced at CES that they will start offering online data migration and backup services.

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