Another big update to our Android app: scheduled backup is here!

July 30, 2012

The newest version of SOS for Android adds a fantastic new feature: scheduled backup. Set your phone or tablet to automatically check for new items once per day and back them up to your private cloud. We also added an option to perform a backup each time the device is plugged into power.

Plus, there’s a new Favorites list! You can “star” any folder in your cloud to add it to Favorites for quick access.

If you have an Android device, you need SOS for Android on-board protecting your pictures, videos, music, apps, SD card and more.

The awesome download is here.

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SOS Online Backup Releases Enhanced Backup and Restore Application for Android

June 26, 2012

At SOS our engineers have been hard at work perfecting, analyzing, and improving our Android backup and restore application. Since we first released the application earlier in 2012, a lot has changed (and gotten better)!

SOS for Android comes in two account sizes, depending on just how much storage you need. Keep in mind, the standard Android device storage is 15GB. Both are available in the Google Play store.

SOS: Android + PC Backup 5GB

This free Android backup application is available to existing SOS users as well as those who want to try SOS for free. There is no additional charge or licenses to download additional applications for backing up up to 5 additional devices. Use your existing SOS account!

SOS: Android + PC Backup 15GB

This Android backup application comes with 15GB for use on Android, PC, Mac, and even iPhones. This app is available for $4.95 in the Google Play store. It is free to download additional applications for backing up up to 5 additional devices. Use your existing SOS account to backup up to 5 devices.

SOS for Android has two primary functions: backup and restore. The Protect tool enables users to select which files on their device they would like to backup to their cloud. Pictures, videos, music and applications are backed up with a single tap on each. Other files on the device, including those on SD storage, can be selected as well. Also, unlike many services, including Dropbox and Google Drive, SOS uses “client-side” encryption in all cases – meaning files are always encoded and protected before being transferred over the Internet.

Restoring data is simple with the “My Cloud” function. In My Cloud, users have instant access to all of the files in their personal cloud including those from other devices and computers. Files can be downloaded then opened in any other app on the device for viewing or editing.

The new SOS for Android app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Current subscribers can access their existing account and new users can start a free trial in-app – new accounts can also be used to backup any other PCs, Macs or iPhones/iPads. Starting at $4.95/year for 15GB of backup storage, SOS is simple and affordable.


Mobile Backup Apps : SOS Online Backup Launches Version 1.2 of Android + PC Backup Application

April 9, 2012

SOS Online Backup just launched the newest version of its Android + PC backup application! This new version not only backs up your Android, but still comes standard with 15GB of online backup for all of your devices.

This complete backup application now includes these handy features:

  • Resumable file upload and download
  • Ability to select entire folders for backup
  • An option to upload or download over wi-fi only
As usual, this Android backup application still includes a whopping 15GB of secure online backup for use with ALL your platforms and devices.

The SOS 15GB Android + PC backup app backs up the phone’s SD card and applications. The app also offers a download for SOS Online Backup for PC or Mac, and gives you access to Facebook backup. The SOS 15GB Android + PC Backup application is the key to backing up all of your platforms and all of your devices.

Click here to download the SOS 15GB Android + PC Backup application from Google Play.

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Carbonite Vs Mozy Vs SOS : SOS Online Backup Wins the Speed Test

March 9, 2012

There is a lot of talk about initial backup speeds – and usually these conversations are in the context of “initial backups are slower than molasses”. This is because a system designed to do small back ups is being asked to do a very large backup – like a business might do. It’s also because many online backup software solutions don’t want to move backups to the cloud quickly. It’s more expensive than moving it at a “slow as molasses” pace.

You know the old phrase “slow and steady wins the race”? That definitely doesn’t apply to online backup.

SOS Online Backup is designed to do fast initial uploads. We understand that you’re putting your data in the safety of the cloud because you want it to be secure. Getting data up into the cloud faster allows it to be secured and protected much more quickly.

SOS Online Backup conducted an off site speed test against Mozy home software and Carbonite home software. The results were surprisingly stark. SOS Online Backup won the speed test. SOS Online Backup was able to do an initial upload 20.2 GB of data in  just 23 hours and 29 minutes. 

We certainly recommend factoring in initial upload speed into determining the general quality of the online backup software you purchase for your home or business. A slow initial upload will mean that there may be additional hurdles and limitations yet to be discovered.

Click here to review the technical specifications of this off site speed test.

Have you heard? SOS Online Backup just launched a 15GB secure online backup plan for Android backup and PC backup! Download it in the Android market today for just $3.95 (this price is  good through March 12th).


Back up Plan Online : Three Huge Reasons Why Proper Online Backup Matters

February 22, 2012

SmallBusinessComputing.com has released a great, and concise, article by Paul Mah titled “3 Reasons Proper Data Backup Matters”. We definitely agree with all three. This is an article certainly worth reading for any business who is looking to institute off site backup.

This article reminds us that online backup isn’t just a mere best practice, but it’s a necessity to true disaster recovery planning. True disasters occur without your detection or knowledge. Which also means you can’t plan for the extent of the damage, so it is necessary to have backed up ALL of your data that could be at risk.

Disasters that destroy business data typically fall into three main categories:

1. Malicious intent

While many of us think that malice generally occurs in the outside of the safety of our offices, this article reminds us that upset employees are capable of compromising internally stored data.

The disgruntled IT worker is hardly a new phenomenon. Indeed, the past year alone has seen some prominent cases where former employees took it upon themselves to erase entire banks of virtualized servers, or even wipe out all the corporate mailboxes in the company. Clearly, the use of a NAS (or SAN) would have offered no defense against such shenanigans by insiders. Only a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy where everything is backed up on a regular basis may have a chance of returning things to normalcy within an acceptable period of time.

2. Damage to storage medium

Flash drives aren’t off site backup – or backup at all for that matter. This is because they are mobile and therefore vulnerable and backups are not done incrementally or automatically to the device. The use of flash drives should be very limited in a business environment.

Many workers make the erroneous assumption that storing data on a portable hard disk drive (HDD) or USB flash drive constitutes a backup. This is certainly not the case, and such portable devices are in fact more susceptible to being misplaced, stolen, or damaged. In addition, it is important to remember that not all storage devices are designed for longevity in mind, or even for robust data preservation.

Do note that some mediums are particularly prone to damage, such as rewritable optical discs made withinferior dyes. Also, don’t be surprised if that suspiciously cheap USB flash drive you bought at the flea market abruptly stops working after a year or two.

3. Accidental deletion

Have you ever had the “uh oh” moment? That’s the moment of terror when your laptop dies, or is unplugged, while you’re in the middle of a 40 page presentation. This can happen inadvertently to emails, attachments and business servers as well. If online backups have been continuously and incrementally taking place, per an hourly or daily schedule, the recovery of these files will be simple.

I had an experience with this exact scenario just this weekend. When transferring thousands of email messages between two email servers, I carelessly opted to initiate the transfer moving key folders directly between the two locations. It was a bad decision because not all the data made it to the destination server before Outlook decided to call it quits (by crashing), even though the deletion from the origin took place immediately.

It’s very easy to start backing up your data securely off site. SOS offers simple and affordable ways to start backing up your data.

1. Free Business Backup Trial: This 175 GB trial is good for 14 days and includes the full-featured, award-winning SOS Online Backup software. It’s easy to upgrade after starting your trial and all your backed up data stays safe off site!

2. Android Backup App: This 15 GB account backs up your Android and your PC. It’s an easy download from the Android Market. Best of all, it’s just $4.95. Just download the software after creating your account inside the application.

3. Free iPhone AppThis app is available in iTunes and comes with 5 GB of online backup for your PC for free! Just download the software after creating your account in the iPhone app.


How to Backup Android? SOS Online Backup Releases Android Backup Application With 15 GB of Secure Online Backup

February 14, 2012

We’ve all done it. We’ve lost our phones, broken our phones, dropped them in a toilet or done any number of embarrassing things to damage them. Maybe you had some photos and videos stored on that phone that were irreplaceable. Now it’s possible to back up and restore Android phone and tablet data with SOS Online Backup.

SOS Online Backup is proud to announce our newest brainchild – the Backup Android + PC 15 GB application. This app is available in the Android Market with a PC or Mac software download.

This app is the only Android backup and restore tool that comes with 15 GB of secure online backup. Like all SOS products, you can  access your backed up data in your cloud at any time, from any device.

This Android backup and restore application gives you truly total online backup:

  • Backup 5 PCs
  • Backup your Android SD card and applications
  • Backup your 5 Mac computers
  • Access backed up files from all of these devices in your account at m.sosonlinebackup.com
This new application from SOS Online Backup is only $4.95 in the Android Market – and you get SOS Online Backup for your home PCs too!
  • Get 15 GB of online backup for your PC, Android and Mac
  •  Access your Android, PC and Mac data anytime, anywhere
  •  Android app backup and restore
  •  Android SD card backup – including Android photo, video, and audio file backup
  •  Backup and restore Android apps and files to any device – including a new Android
  •  A total backup bundle for Android, PC and Mac

Don’t risk losing data of any kind – on your Android, your PC, or Mac. Download the Backup Android + PC 15 GB app today. Click here to visit our page in the Android Market.


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