Online backup services are an inexpensive way to give you some peace of mind, as they can save the contents of your computer to the cloud. We had originally preferred Crash Plan, but in August 2017, Crash Plan announced its departure from the consumer online-backup market.
Backblaze had been a close runner-up to Crash Plan, with the main difference being that Crash Plan offered unlimited deleted-file protection while Backblaze's similar protection extended back only 30 days.
If you're completely reliant on online-backup services, you'd better have software-installation disks or installer files, as well as license keys, handy if your system gets hopelessly corrupted or the hard drive dies.
Local backup software, which most online-backup services also offer to complement their primary products, can create disk "images" that back up everything on a computer, including application and system software, so that a clone can easily be created on a new disk or a new machine.
After a service's backup was complete, we then restored a large movie file before moving on to testing the next service. on Optimum's Online Ultra 50 (up to 50 Mbps down and 25 Mbps up) home Internet service in Brooklyn, New York.
Metrics such as upload and download speed, as well as computer usage, were measured using two OS X applications: Little Snitch 3.5.1 and OS X's Activity Monitor. It should be noted that download and upload speeds rarely come close to those upper limits.
The entire Macintosh HD was selected for backup by default, although certain folders and file types were automatically excluded — including the Application and System folders, and . The initial upload to Backblaze was slower than that of other services we tested, averaging about 0.7 Mbps when measured with Little Snitch.
(Customers pay for the return shipping.) File encryption in Backblaze starts on your personal computer, with all your documents being locked with a 128-bit AES symmetric key and transferred over a secure SSL connection.These are essential features when looking for an online backup service, since most services will install an application meant to constantly run on your computer.