I have written before about CrashPlan, the online backup service. It is a great service with many options. It can back up as little or as much data as you wish to the company's servers or to another computer you own or to a friend or relative's computer at another location or to a plug-in hard drive directly connected to your computer.
Newsletter reader David Riles sent an email message saying:
CrashPlan is having a discount period or Holiday sale. I just purchased the 2 Year Family Plan normally $199.99 for $99.99. All of their plans are discounted.
I thought this might be of interest to your readers.
Great find! It appears that all subscriptions have been discounted 50%. The offer is available only to first time CrashPlan customers and only for a limited time. You can read more at https://www.crashplan.com/consumer/store-holiday.vtl.
In case you are not familiar with the CrashPlan service, I can tell you that it is a cloud-based backup service that backs up files once a day. The software is free, the service is free, although you do pay for any storage space used on CrashPlan's servers. If you only back up to your own computer(s) or to a friend's computer(s), you aren't using any space on CrashPlan's servers so there is no charge. The Holiday Sale apparently applies to storage space used on the company's servers.
You can see my previous article about CrashPlan at http://goo.gl/Tspfm.
I used CrashPlan to back up data from my office computer to a computer at home and vice versa. CrashPlan lets you back up PC to Mac, Mac to PC, Mac to Linux or any combination.
CrashPlan also allows you to back up to multiple destinations. For instance, you could back up all your files to a friend's computer plus back up a few of the same files (such as your most important documents) to CrashPlan's servers. Having two or more backups, stored in multiple locations, is cheap insurance. I'd suggest you should never depend on a single backup! Two backups are better, three or more backups are even better yet.
CrashPlan makes it easy to back up to computers belonging to your network of friends or family for offsite backup, in addition to using your own computers and external drives for onsite backup. CrashPlan works on all your computers, so you don't have to worry about compatibility either.
CrashPlan uses enterprise-grade 128-bit encryption to secure your files before they're backed up. The only person who can decrypt your files is you.
One new feature with CrashPlan not mentioned in my earlier article is the ability to retrieve and display backed up files on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, wherever you are. You can even display them on the new Amazon Kindle Fire. In effect, you can have access to your thousands of documents, pictures, music files, movies, and other information wherever you are.
You can read more at https://www.crashplan.com/consumer/store-holiday.vtl and at https://www.crashplan.com.
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