Backup for free and prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 29, 2012

The eastern seaboard of the United States is about to get hit with wind, rain, and possible power outages and flooding. We hope that if you’re in the path of Hurricane Sandy, you’ve evacuated safely and have reached higher ground.  For those of us who aren’t in the immediate path of Hurricane Sandy, this is a sobering reminder that disaster can strike at any time.

Protecting your home is the most important task – boarding up windows and tying down furniture is key to prevent as much damage as possible. What isn’t so obvious, however, is how to protect important digital files that you keep on your home and business computers (and external drives).

Disaster preparedness doesn’t have to cost a lot. Take advantage of our free 14 day trial to back up 50GB of your data and restore it to any PC or Mac. There is no commitment to purchase and no credit card required for download.

Click here to download your free account:

Free 50GB of online backup

Restoring data is easy. If you need to download SOS Online Backup’s software again, it can be accessed on our downloads page. Click here to visit the downloads page.

Stay safe!

The SOS Team


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 5.2 for Home Available Today!

May 11, 2012

SOS Online Backup 5.2 for Home is now available! This update to our award-winning software is available right now on our website.

What’s new in 5.2?

  • Faster upload speeds (approximately 40% faster than version 5.0)
  • Force uploads – don’t wait for your scheduled backup if you want to backup sooner.
  • Faster smart scanner
  • Faster “tree view” of files and folders to be backed up

If you’re ready to try the best value online backup solution, take the plunge and start backing up 50GB of data with SOS Online Backup 5.2.

SOS Online Backup 5.2 for Home includes these handy and robust features:

  • Military-grade encryption
  • Backup by file type
  • Backup by file and folder
  • Continuous Data Protection
  • Free iPhone and Android apps
  • …and much more!

Click here to start backing up with SOS Online Backup 5.2 for Home – today!


File Backup & Archive : The Importance of Unlimited Versioning – SOS Online Backup

February 12, 2012

SOS Online Backup is proud to keep all of your data secure, all the time. No exceptions. Once your data is backed up, SOS believes it should stay backed up. This is why all of our plans – for business and for home – offer unlimited versioning.

What makes unlimited versioning such a critical part of online backup?

1. The “uh oh” moment. 

We’ve all had that moment – we accidentally close a document before we’ve saved it. Perhaps your dog  swipes a paw at your power cord and unplugs your computer. Accidental incidents like this are what cause the majority of data loss. Having a backed up all versions of your document on an hourly basis, you will find it much easier to go back and find the right version to work on.

2. Going back in time.

You don’t need a Delorean to go back in time! With SOS you can go back to any version or any file at any time. Would you like to know what changes you made to a financial spreadsheet right before you did your taxes in 2009? No problem, unlimited versioning will help you get there.

3. Compliance

If you’re operating a business, you know that regulation compliance is a complicated issue between your customers, you, and the government.  Some of these regulations involve online backup. Many regulations that request online backup do so for the reason that they want truly unlimited versioning to be a part of your company’s data practice. They want to know that you’ll be able to go back to any of your data at any time – and that you’ll never lose it.

Learn more about unlimited versioning with SOS Online Backup by clicking here. SOS does not limit its versioning capabilities to 30 days, 45 days, or even one year. All backed up versions of your data are stored safely offsite with SOS for as long as you like.


Cloud Backup for Holiday Fun : Data Backup Options

December 27, 2011

The holidays are approaching quickly and I’m seeing the usual trends.  My work with residential clients is winding down for the year while my corporate clients are keeping me hopping with spending the last of the year’s budgets before the rapidly approaching deadline.  The funny thing is the fact that my corporate clients are generally on a pretty solid technology base, having had consistent IT support throughout the year, while the residential clients are actually the ones adding new technology without the thought of the infrastructure required to sustain it.

Infrastructure

Normally infrastructure is a word that people associate with corporate networks and information technology.  Infrastructure is the backbone of the network, the ‘back end’, encompassing the equipment, systems and processes that help keep the actual ‘front end’ equipment running smoothly.  What’s the difference?

Front-End

We all know the front-end equipment.  It’s what we use and what we play with at home.  iTunes, game software, printers and the sweet machine we’ve built to play the most modern and immersive games.  All of these devices have to be supported by the back-end.

Back-End

How does that multiplayer online game work?  From your PC, the data travels to a switch (if you have multiple devices) then to a router before flitting off to the Internet.  If any of those devices fail or are underpowered, the front-end experience suffers.

Let’s discuss some of the back-end equipment and systems I think every home user should be thinking about this holiday season.

Storage

How much storage space do you have?  These are your hard drives, where actual data is stored.  Data can be anything from the mass of songs purchased through the online music service to the photos and videos from your family event.

Ask these questions:

1. Do I have enough storage space?  Do I need to add an external hard drive for storage?

2. What happens if any of these devices fail?  Can I recover the data?

Backup

We gather data because we want to keep it.  Sounds like a simple concept.  We take pictures because we want to look at them later just as we download songs because we want to listen to them down the road.  The storage systems we use today in modern computing are prone to failure, so we have to have a system in place for that eventuality.

Ask these questions:

1. What am I willing to lose?

2. For the items not falling into question 1, how are you protecting them?

Keep Thinking

If you’ve read any of my articles in the past, you probably know that I’m going to give you a lecture about backing up your data.  You’re certainly in the right on that point, but I’m going to also give you some insight about where I’m coming from.  As a computer consultant with more years under my belt than I usually like to admit, I’ve found that the most effective thing I can do to as a business is to keep my customers happy.  Customers are always happy when I can provide the newest technology, bells and whistles.  It all falls down though if the fancy accounting system I installed crashes and all of their financial data is lost.  Recommending good backup strategies help me keep customers, both residential and corporate.  The biggest addition they bring to my bottom line is helping me keep that customer after disaster eventually hits.  I hate to tell a customer that they’ve lost data and I’ve had to do just that far more often than I like.

Think about your back-end at home.  You love the front-end toys and gizmos, so keep up the care and feeding of the systems that make them work.

— The Backup Master


New prices available today at SOSOnlineBackup.com : Cloud Backup Pricing Plan for Home & Business

December 13, 2011

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added new prices for business cloud backup and home cloud backup!

Available today, purchase 175 GB of business cloud backup for $299.99  – for unlimited PCs. The possibilities are endless when you’re backing up unlimited PCs. Backup an unlimited number of fileservers, an entire laptop fleet, or PCs in multiple offices with one account. If you happen to backup more than your 175 GB, you can always chat with a SOS representative and upgrade your account.

Click  here to learn more about SOS for Business features, such as HIPAA and SSAE 16 compliance.

We have a new home backup account size as well – backup 150 GB on 5 PCs for $199! Backup your home photos, vacation videos, important tax documents, and anything else you want to keep safe off site.

All SOS Online Backup accounts are protected with military-grade, three-tiered encryption – first locally, then in transit, and “at rest” in the data center. All accounts are also equipped with mobile management. Access and share your documents anywhere, any time!


Keeping the Memories Alive and Backed Up : Data Disaster Recovery Plan

December 10, 2011

My wife’s grandmother is the keeper of the family history.  Every family has one.  She and my wife have been spending a day a week scanning ancient photo albums, tagging ancestors with names before they are forgotten to the annals of time.  Much to my surprise, before I could even broach the subject, she asked me about the best way to preserve and backup this growing warehouse of data.

Being busy with holidays and end of year consulting with my clients, I hadn’t had time to discuss it with them.  Sometimes we forget that customers are a lot closer to home than we realize.

Her initial thought was typical.  If she could get an external hard drive and make a copy of the data, it would be protected in case something happened to her computer.  I’ve worked with enough residential customers to know one thing.  If the backup plan requires daily or even weekly intervention on behalf of the user, it typically doesn’t get done.

I talked to her about the goal of a solid backup.  The number one goal we can all agree with is the survival of the important data in case of a disaster.  They key people forget is that we should be talking about the survival of the data in case of ANY disaster.  That threw her for a loop at first.  If the computer crashes, the backup will still be there.  Then the discussion turned dark.  My fault, but that’s my job as a consultant.

The ‘What if?’ Factor

What if the house burns down?

What if there’s a flood?

What if a tornado scatters everything to the four winds?

That’s when the subject of offsite backup comes up.  To reach the goal of a solid backup, the data has to be able to survive more than just a computer crash.  Backing up to the cloud with an online backup system ensures this.  By storing your data in an offsite location, usually geographically distant, you are extending the zone of safety around your information.

We eventually set her machine up with an online backup service and now her data is safely stored hundreds of miles from its source.  After the initial backup completed, the only data being transferred each week are the new photos they’ve scanned and any changes to the tags they made that week.  It is simple and painless and hasn’t affected their lives at all, other than the peace of mind that their hard work will do its job; keeping those memories alive forever.

— The Backup Master


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