Personal Backups


A product I have been using for the past 9 or 10 months for personal computer backups is from Mozy.  I do have an external hard drive for making backups of pictures and other files like many people do, but what if the house burns down (God forbid) or a pipe breaks and floods or some other disaster?  I also have to think to make those backups.  Enter Mozy Home

MozyHome currently supports Windows 2000, XP, and Vista and it is now also available for Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.  For a very reasonable price of $4.95 per month, you can download and install Mozy Home which will automatically run in the background (you can customize the options) and backup your files to an offsite server. Some of the features include:

  • Open/locked file support: Mozy will back up your documents whether they’re open or closed.
  • 128-bit SSL encryption: The same technology used by banks secures your data during the backup process.
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption: Secures your files while in storage, providing peace of mind that your private data is safe from hackers.
  • Automatic: Schedule the times to back up and MozyHome does the rest.
  • New and changed file detection: MozyHome finds and saves the smallest changes.
  • Backs up Outlook files: Disaster-proof email protection.
  • Block-level incremental backup: After the initial backup, MozyHome only backs up files that have been added or changed, making subsequent backups lightning fast.

It has worked great for me and I have the peace of mind of knowing that if anything dreadful happens to the computer (or the house the computer is in), I’ll be able to recover those invaluable photos, music, and other numerous personal files!  If you don’t have a backup solution – I highly recommend giving Mozy a try!