CrashPlan backup software and service

Availability of reasonably priced fast broadband connections has made making off-site backups of computers over Internet feasible. This kind of off site backup business started with expensive small off-site storage services (few gigabytes of storage many dollars/euros per month). That business is then competed with small free off-site storage services (for example Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega) and services that give space enough to backup all your data from PC for few dollars/euros per month (for example Backblaze and Crashplan).

Crashplan, the Only Reason I Install Java article tells that Crashplan is an incredibly powerful backup utility that allows local or offsite backup, and the company offers cloud-based storage for reasonable rates. The backup software is free (available for Windows and Linux), and the folks at Code 42, however, have given away the ability to swap storage with friends as an alternative to their paid-cloud-based service. If you have two computers connected through Internet, you can back them up over the Internet to each other completely free! The article writer don’t like Java-based programs (I don’t like the either too much) like Crashplan, but its functionality is so great, he doesn’t mind breaking his own rules.

I have tried myself Crashplan software and their cloud based service and I can agree that they seem to be very good. So goo that I subscribed to their cloud service aster the trial period. Now my crash planning is full backup to external hard drive every now and then and continuous backup to Crashplan. The good thing on this kind of service is that the data is encrypted: CrashPlan encrypts your backup files before any data is sent to your backup destinations. CrashPlan (the free version) uses 128-bit Blowfish to encrypt your files and CrashPlan+ uses 448-bit Blowfish encryption.


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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    What is the best backup method if I work from home?,what-is-the-best-backup-method-if-i-work-from-home.aspx

    If your business doesn’t have a backup strategy, you could be out of business in a heartbeat. Adam Turner explains the options.

    It can happen to you – fire, flood, theft, virus, power surge, hardware failure, a disgruntled employee and plain old human error are just some of the threats to your computers and your precious data. What if you couldn’t get to your computer?

    It might seem melodramatic, but these scenarios are not far-fetched. Your business needs a data backup strategy, and a business continuity and disaster recovery plan. A good business continuity plan keeps essential aspects of the business up and running while you enact your disaster recovery plan to get back to business as usual.

    Key points:

    The best approach is a combination of onsite and offsite backup.
    Save yourself time by using automatic backup software.
    Consider a server or Internet backup to eliminate a single point of failure – that one PC that stores everything.
    Start today by buying an external USB drive. Then you’ve got some protection while you consider the next step.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Crashplan certainly does the “neighbour backup” quite well, and I think it is smart enough to wait around until both machines are online at the same time to do its magic, if you don’t want to have the “destination machine” having to be running 24/7. You can use it to do the initial backup to an external drive and then walk that drive over to the neighbour’s place for the subsequent incremental backups.

    One used to be able to buy a “Crashplan+” license which had a few more features like multiple backup sets for different destinations, but I don’t see any way to get that type of license without signing up for a cloud backup subscription. Perhaps if you sign up for a few months and then cancel the cloud backup subscription part, your software might retain the “+” features.


  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bitorrent sync is a very simple way to go if you don’t want to be too worried about backup administration. Just set up a read-only share for directories on the remote machine and put password protected encryption on the remote share.


  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Excluding Files By Using File Type & Regular Expressions

    Certain files and file types can be globally excluded from a backup without having to modify the file selection by unchecking each individual file/folder. These exclusions can be added either by file type or by using regular expressions (regex).

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    On Backups

    Recently I wrote about losing some files from the laptop while traveling. Some readers responded with suggestions like using git or some cloud solution. Those are not really realistic options when working on an airplane, though more and more flights are now WiFi-enabled.

    And I am quite suspicious of the cloud. While it surely has its merits and uses, it is yet another example of a new technology that we really don’t understand. The technology is clear, but legal and other implications are not.

    Where is the data stored? If any copy is stored in an out-of-country data center are you violating Federal laws regulating the export of technology? Data files are subject these regulations, depending on their content.

    We know at least some cloud providers scan files looking for illegal material. A scan of a binary could incorrectly appear to be a forbidden .JPG. Are you willing to engage the FBI in an expensive legal battle even when they are wrong?

    Our backup strategy is multi-pronged and is designed to preserve files stupidly deleted or changed, to handle hard disk failures, and to be strong enough to survive some catastrophic event like a fire or zombie attack.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Jon Fingas / Engadget:
    Code42 says it will end its cloud backup service Crashplan for Home on Oct 23, 2018 and focus instead on its business services — If you rely on Crashplan as a remote backup for your computer, you’re going to have to find an alternative in short order. Code42 is phasing out its Crashplan …

    Crashplan drops its cloud backup service for home users
    You’ll have to find an alternative to safeguard your files online.

    If you rely on Crashplan as a remote backup for your computer, you’re going to have to find an alternative in short order. Code42 is phasing out its Crashplan for Home service as it switches its focus to business users. The company has stopped offering new or renewed Home subscriptions as of August 22nd, and the service will shut down entirely on October 23rd, 2018. If you haven’t moved your files elsewhere by then, you’re out of luck. The team is trying to make the transition as gentle as possible, at least. It’s extending all Home subscriptions by 60 days to give people time to find alternatives, and it’s offering discounts for both its own Small Business tier and a preferred alternative, Carbonite.

    You don’t have to go to either of those options, of course. Alternatives like Backblaze exist if you need to safeguard absolutely everything, and you can use free or low-cost services like Google Drive if you’re just interested in protecting a limited number of can’t-lose files.

    The move isn’t entirely shocking, especially in an era where ISP data caps make it impractical to upload the entire contents of your PC. Businesses are more likely to need that absolute protection, and their tendency to subscribe in bulk makes them tempting targets.


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