All genealogists need to make frequent backups of their data. Indeed, I have written many times about the various backup programs available. One of my favorites is CrashPlan, a great name for a company that provides backup services!
CrashPlan works on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris. The company provides services to consumers and businesses alike. You can read my earlier article describing CrashPlan's services at http://goo.gl/gJMzY. CrashPlan now has added mobile apps for securely viewing, downloading, and sharing your backed up files from within your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
If your files have been backed up using CrashPlan+ or CrashPlan Pro, you can view any of your files wherever you are on your handheld device.
The free mobile apps let you access common file types like photos or office files (spreadsheets and text files) from any of the computers that have been backed up to CrashPlan's servers. (You need a CrashPlan+ account with the online backup option to use the mobile apps.) In addition to browsing and viewing files, you can download them to your device or email them directly from the handheld device.
The handheld apps only work with CrashPlan+ or CrashPlan Pro, not the CrashPlan Free service. The free service does not back up to CrashPlan's servers so the handheld devices would be useless. However, CrashPlan+ and CrashPlan Pro users can access any files being backed up by the service.
Your files are always encrypted on CrashPlan, using state-of-the-art Blowfish Encryption Algorithm. You must enter your encryption key (password) in order to view the files. CrashPlan Pro costs as little as $4.71 a month for 50 gigabytes of storage. This is a great method of always having your most important files accessible at any time, anyplace.
More information my be found at http://www.crashplan.com/ and at http://www.crashplan.com/business/mobile.html
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