Utah Company offers Free Online Backup

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I wrote a Connect magazine article recently where I praised Josh Coates, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who moved to Utah a couple of years ago to build an exciting company that offers free remote backup for any computer user. You can back up all of your most important files at no cost!

This is a no-brainer! Check it out. It’s especially nice for backing up your laptop.
I am an advisor to Josh’s company, Berkeley Data Systems, and a very happy Mozy.com user. Congratulations on the PC Magazine recognition, Josh!

I love the Freemium business model they are following: offer something valuable and free and then upgrade some percentage of your users to a premium version — in this case, a lot more remote storage space for a very low annual fee.

Here is the latest newsletter they sent out today:

Hello Mozy user!

So the big news this week is that PC Magazine gave us 4 stars and awarded us the Editors’ Choice award for our beta service! You can read more about the review here:


We appreciate PC Magazine for taking the time to do the review (authored by Neil J. Rubenking – who is one of the few reviewers that actually knows how to code) and of course, a special thanks to all our beta testers (that’s you!) for continuing to help us find and fix bugs in our system.

So Mozy isn’t perfect yet, but it’s pretty darn good, and getting better.

Mozy version is out, with many improvements (including improved speed) and more bug fixes.

Download it here: http://mozy.com/downloads/mozy-1_6_1_6.exe

You can install it right over your current installation and your settings will be preserved. We strongly encourage you to upgrade – but a couple of upgrade notes:

– Norton firewall users – it’s likely that you will have reset your firewall settings for Mozy after an upgrade. (Norton isn’t the brightest of firewalls.)

– We’ve had reports of upgrades sometimes not actually upgrading all the way. If this happens, try manually downloading and installing the latest client over your current one. If that fails, check the support faq on how to get in there and clean your old mozy out to start again.

In other news, we’re growing fast! We’ve got over 40 million secure, encrypted files backed up for our users – and we’re having to add more servers to our data center. We’re also increasing the support staff as well. (Sorry about the delays in support emails everyone – don’t give up on us!)

So a lot of folks really love Mozy, and we frequently get inquiries about how they can help. Here are a few ways you can help us save the world:

* Give your friends an extra +256MB when they sign up with Mozy (oh, and you get an extra +256MB too!): http://mozy.com/account/refer

* Need even more storage? Mozy Premium is inexpensive at $19.95 per year (that’s only $1.67 per month!)

* If appropriate, write a review or comment about Mozy on a forum or mailing list. (Hey, genuine comments only – no astro-turfing allowed!)

As always, we appreciate your support.

Be safe.

-josh and the mozy team

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7 Responses

  1. Mozy is an absolutely wonderful service. It works better than a commercial network backup system I’d been using for several years.

    What Paul didn’t say is that if you sign up for Mozy through someone who is currently a member, you (and they) both get an extra 256MB of free additional storage. Since this is Paul’s blog, I’ll let him post his referral link here.

  2. Mozy indeed offers a wonderful product. I have been an extremely happy Mozy from the very beginning and hope to stay one for much longer 🙂
    Thanks to their referral programme I have earned already more than 3 Gb which gives me a total of more than 5 Gb. More than enough to back up my valuable documents!

  3. Interesting. We have launched a service based on the software by Remote Backup Systems, Inc. http://remote-backup.com

    We will offer a much more comprehensive service than what companies like Mozy are offering, and will exclusively target the business sector. Our online backup software natively supports open and in-use Exchange and SQL databases, among other advanced functionality that is best suited to SMB/SMEs.

  4. Jeremy

    Take a look at IDrive-E. This application allows you to backup 2GB of data for free! Simply download and install it and start backing up all your important and favorite data.

    Now read this. IDrive-E gives you hands-free automated backups’ of files and folders. You can back up 2GB of data free with no limits on upload size. You can backup any type of files. IDrive-E does incremental backups that transfer only portions of file that have been modified or changed since the last backup. Just select data, click on a button to back them up immediately. Or schedule the backups for a particular time and frequency and have a nice sleep.

    IDrive-E retains 30 versions of backed up data. Each backup creates a new backup set that is identified by the date and time. You can restore up to 30 prior versions, including the most recent version of your data files. IDrive-E lays strong emphasis on encryption of data. All data transfer operations are protected with 256-bit AES encryption. IDrive-E encrypts data twice before it is sent from the user’s computer. The data is first encrypted with a private encryption key stored on the user’s computer. Then 128-bit SSL (the same protocol your web browser uses for secure web transactions) is used to transmit all data to and from our servers.

    The application presents two interfaces for users to work with. IDrive-E Classic interface offers a very simple and user-friendly interface to backup and restore files and folders, schedule your backup for a future data and time, exclude files and folders from backups and delete files and folders in the IDrive-E account.
    The IDrive-E Explorer view is meant for restoring files and folders and is not for backups.

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