Our new SOS for Home & Home Office PC application is here!

October 12, 2012

The new SOS for Home & Home Office application, version 5.4.1, is now here! If you’re an existing SOS customer, you can automatically upgrade to this new application by downloading it.

Download it from SOSOnlineBackup.com!

So what’s new in SOS for Home & Home Office for PC version 5.4.1? 

  • A brand new look and feel
  • Backup for network attached storage (NAS)
  • Upload speed for processing unchanged files has improved

If you haven’t tried SOS yet, give it a go! It is free after all. Just click here to start your free trial. 


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.


SOS Online Backup Prepares for World Backup Day

March 28, 2012

Did you know that all of the people on this earth will create 1.8 zettabytes of data this year? We are  constantly tweeting, taking photos, creating videos, writing documents, completing credit card transactions, and storing all of these records digitally. Businesses and individuals alike are wise to backup this data in a reliable and secure off-site data center, so that no harm can ever come to them.

World Backup Day is here to draw attention to the billions of files that are lost every year. Of course, they wouldn’t be lost, or ever at risk of it, if they were backed up properly. World Backup Day reminds us of a few very important facts about online backup:

1. It’s easy!

SOS Online Backup allows you to backup all your data with one account and schedule backups automatically. Backing up is so simple and effortless with SOS because it’s impossible to forget to do it!

You can quickly download a 175GB free trial from SOS Online Backup for Business by clicking here.

2. It’s affordable

Backing up five PCs at home is simple and affordable. SOS Online Backup for Home plans cost as little as 21 cents per day!

3. External hard drives and flash drives aren’t backup

If backups aren’t online, they aren’t secure. If backups aren’t automatic, then they aren’t guaranteed to get done as frequently as we need to do them. SOS goes the extra mile to encrypt all backed up data in three different tiers: locally, in transit, and at rest in the data center. Online backup shouldn’t just be simple, it should be secure, too!

Learn more about World Backup Day at worldbackupday.com. Join the 500,000 SOS Online Backup customers around the world in protecting your data reliably and regularly!

Download your free SOS Online Backup for Home trial here.

For businesses, with more than five PCs, download your SOS Online Backup for Business trial here.


Cloud Storage Reviews: The Cloud is Here to Stay – Wired.com

March 14, 2012

Wired.com published a fascinating and very revealing article about the use of cloud services in business. At SOS, we love statistics, and this article is chock full of them. Check out some of these insightful statistics about cloud backup in business, brought to you by Wired.com:

1. 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.

2. In 2011, two-thirds of companies surveyed were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies.

3. 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.

4. Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.

5. 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.

For all those businesses that have readily adopted cloud computing and embraced it with open arms, there is a group of hold out SMBs that are resisting the move to the cloud. The article approaches another potent topic – arguments against cloud computing.

Argument 1: cloud computing is just another iteration of SaaS and ASP, which ultimately failed.

Wired counters this argument by observing that bandwidth of much cheaper these days, which was a major impediment to ASP and SaaS in the past.

Argument 2: Security and compliance are weaker in the cloud

Actually, it’s often stronger and better. Wired quotes a 2010 survey that showed 57 percent of respondents agreed that cloud computing actually improved their security.

Argument 3: Cloud computing is too expensive

SMBs often find cloud computing to be affordable and allow for the outsourcing of core competencies such as security and data center hosting. This brings them the benefits of this cloud-centric security knowledge, without the cost. A study cited by Wired notes that 74 percent of the respondents said that using the cloud reduced their infrastructure costs.

Are you considering backing your business up to the cloud? You can start a 175GB 14 day free trial with SOS Online Backup for Business right now. Check us out, see why SOS has won the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice award four times. Download the free 175GB trial here.

SOS also offers affordable server backup solutions (without a hardware purchase requirement!). Backup your entire business – from workstations to Exchange servers to SQL servers with SOS. Learn more about our total business backup solution, SOS ServerSave.


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