We at the Alliance have pestered you via aticles on this website. We have reminded you on the podcast. Heck, if we met you in person, we probably nagged you about it then, too. BACK UP YOUR STUFF! For the LOVE of all that is HOLY!
You still haven’t? Yeah yeah, you’ve been meaning to, but, well, life gets busy. It’s all organized and ready to be burned off onto DVD or copied to your Terabyte drive… but….but…..
No more BUTS!
There are automatic services out there who have something to say about your “buts”. No, no, not www.sirmixalot.com, but Online Back-up Services. You may have even seen the Carbonite TV commercials and thought “hmm… yeah… I should do that.” Well, it’s as simple as choosing a service, paying and installing it, and then…. you don’t have to do a dang thing. These applications will scan your computer (or selected folders) and looks for new files every day, and copy them over to their secure servers. If you’re like most computer users, you KNOW what it’s like to be amidst technical difficulties and stressing over the possibility of a DEAD ERASED HARD DRIVE…all your pictures, movies, music, important documents, ARTWORK… gone. In an instant. All that work, years of comics and books and website design… wiped away like it never existed. Okay, here’s a paper bag, inhale slowly…
So, yeah, when I said “It’s as easy as choosing a service”.. I kinda lied. This is the whole point of this article. Choosing is the hard part, and I have been bouncing around for a while now trying to find the perfect concoction of a back-up service that meets all my finicky needs. It’s NOT easy. But I will make up for my little white lie with this comprehensive breakdown of all the top back-up services out there. A quick google search will give you plenty of great similar articles, helping you choose a perfect back-up service for your situation.
Lets take a look at the Heavy Hitters!
- Been around for a while; we’re talking about backing up over 100 billion files, restoring 7 billion files for customers!
- Unlimited space! Don’t worry about how much you have, just back it ALL up!
- Easy to use and set up on mac, windows, and a nice mobile app.
- Doesn’t support Mac outside of US, and doesn’t support non-Intel Macs.
- Basic prices only cover one computer. Pay more if you want to back up more than one.
- Doesn’t back up network drives, no hosted file sharing.
- Like Carbonite, easy to set up and nicely designed interface. Well-known company.
- Right-click any file in Windows Explorer to add to the backup list.
- Supports PPC (non-intel) Macs.
- External drives not supported.
- Only one computer per account.
- Initial backup takes a while.
- Easy to use, with unlimited file storage, with continuous backup monitoring (not just once a day)
- Can help locate a missing/stolen computer. I mean, that’s ANOTHER way to lose your files, too.
- One of the cheapest plans (for one computer) out there at just under $4/month
- No support for non-intel macs.
- No file-sharing, or mobile apps. Also, only way to control what you back up is to EXCLUDE folders, which can be more tedious, depending.
- VERY pricey if you wish to back up more than 1 computer.
- Fast and easy initial backup. Though not that flashy, it does it’s job.
- Pretty reasonable price at $50/year. Recently allowed plans to include multiple computers.
- Supports non-intel Macs. Can even backup networked external drives & USB keys/flash drives.
- No hand-holding in the setup process. Select what you want to back up, figure it out yourself. Loads of options, which can be daunting if you’re not accustomed to it.
- No file sharing.
- Mobile app doesn’t give you access to your backed up files.
- Extremely simple. A folder is created on your computer. Put what you want to backup & sync in said folder.
- Supports everything, has a great mobile app.
- Strong focus on SYNCING. If you’re a computer-bouncer, and like to access the same files on each computer, this is a great service for that. All-in-one.
- The first point in the “pros” could also be a con, if you don’t want to keep all your stuff in one folder.
- A bit pricey compared to its competition. Cheapest plan only for 1 computer.
- security: files are not encrypted with a private access key, so be careful who you share our folders with, if the link is passed on, anyone could have access.
A Few Other Options to Consider:
- JustCloud – A sync/backup service similar to DropBox, supporting all systems. Better price, but the initial backup seems to cause a lot of headaches.
- SpiderOak – $100 a year for unlimited computers isn’t too bad. Supports all systems. Never deletes previous versions of files, so it’s a lot like Mac’s Time Machine as well. Take a while to backup.
- Norton Online Backup – Up to five computers supported, a web-based interface, backs up networked drives as well.
- CrashPlan – Offers an unlimited storage plan for a reasonable price, but just for 1 computer. Can choose to backup to a friend’s computer, which could be handy.
- For you Google Fan Boys & Girls… Google Drive is coming… so keep an eye out for that!
Dawn Griffin is a self-described “crazy chick”. She likes steak, Cleveland sports, video games and oh yeah, comics. She spent her high school years either playing street ball, pitching, or drawing comics and submitting them to syndicates. Once she –accidentally– discovered the world of webcomics, the sydication route became a pointless hurdle. After all, “Crazy Chicks” do things their *&%$ selves. Dawn is the mastermind behind Zorphbert and Fred, and the illustrator of the Abby’s Adventures kids book series. She can be easily bribed with ice cream.