Raise your hand if you are consistent about backing up your pc, your photos, and the rest of your digital life. How would you feel if it all disappeared, just like that?
Sadly, my hand is not even close to raised. Oh, I do own an extra hard drive so I can backup my laptop, but it is doing me no good sitting in the box for the past year, is it? Let’s just say that if the laptop I am writing this post on were to crash tomorrow, I would be in big trouble. So when I read about CrashPlan from my friends Dresden and Leticia it sounded like something worth investigating, and clearly I am in need of a data backup plan. It is reasonably priced at just $4 per month per pc and $9 for the whole family for unlimited data.
You can house your files offsite to CrashPlan’s cloud, to an external drive, securely to another computer, or all three if that’s what you prefer. My husband will likely use the external drive for his backup but given that my external drive has been sitting in the box since I got it, the cloud is probably the choice for me.
Here is what convinced us that CrashPlan is the right backup plan for our household:
- They know that your most recent photos and files are important, so they back those up first.
- Their backups won’t get slower as your files get bigger. Because of that, you don’t have to worry about how much space you need.
- They back up your files from any & all drives.
- They do not permanently delete files without your permission, while other companies remove deleted files after a month.
- Their security is virtually impossible to penetrate.
- Their backups will not slow down your computer while you are using it. You don’t even have to close files in order to protect your current work. It can even be set up to pause backup when your computer’s battery is low.
- You can access your files from your phone or tablet using their free mobile app.
- With multiple locations for storing files, you can determine which files go to which locations.
- They are being taken pretty seriously in the industry, receiving recognition from other tech companies.
That sounds pretty neat, right? As someone who tries to make socially responsible purchases, I can also tell you that Code 42, CrashPlan’s parent company, is extremely vested in the future of their home state of Minnesota, creating a variety of initiatives to ensure that it continues to be a great place to foster creativity in technology.
Disclosure: I am a huge fan of CrashPlan’s services and received compensation from CrashPlan for hosting this giveaway.