Sync and backups kept separate, optionally encrypted
Online backup storage service IDrive has revamped its plans to offer more space, and a new separate sync service -- and to celebrate, it will give current and new users the same amount of sync space as they use for backups at no additional charge. The new service allows users to sync files in real time across all linked devices (on Macs, PCs or mobile devices) as well as their separate IDrive account. The sync feature can optionally be protected with private-key encryption if desired.
Adds Mavericks support, overhauls UI, fixes bugs
The Mac-centric online backup service DollyDrive has updated its Mac application to version 2.0, bringing Mavericks support and an entirely new user interface to the program, which acts as an interface to the DollyDrive cloud-based service. The company, named after the first cloned sheep, offers automatic and encrypted backup of user files to a minimum 10GB space (free) up to multiple terabytes of space if required.
Simplified pricing & verify-on-demand also added
Code 42 Software has streamlined and updated its CrashPlan+ to v3 for Mac, Linux, Solaris and Windows. The online backup service and software now allows multiple backup sets and more flexible scheduling, adds recognition of new computers and devices, offers the ability to scan and verify backed-up files on demand and simplifies the pricing structure for paid customers.
App complements standard desktop-based service
Dropbox has released an application for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to access or manage content from their Dropbox accounts. From the mobile interface, users can view or download files, take photos or videos and upload them to the Dropbox, share links to files, or sync downloaded files to keep the desktop and mobile systems up-to-date.
Iomega drives get backup
Iomega has added a new downloadable software bundle to their external hard drive offerings, that combines EMC's Retrospect Express backup and recovery software with Mozy's online backup service. Iomega is calling the new package a 'total storage solution' in one box. New purchasers of Iomega hard drives will be able to download a free license of Retrospect Express for Macintosh 6.1, and gain access to a free MozyHome 2GB account. An offer of unlimited MozyHome online storage for $5 per month is also available. The new bundle will ship with Iomega external hard drives later this month in the US, with international availability later in the Summer.
MozyHome for Mac ships
Mozy has released a final version of MozyHome for Mac 1.0, what it calls the "industry's first" unlimited online backup service for the Mac. The service, which boasts more than 700,000 users and 6.2 billion backed up files, allows users to transparently backup files over the internet -- up to 2GB of online backup absolutely free (and no expiration date) or $5 per month for unlimited online backup capacity. Mozy protects photos, music, videos and other files types from hard drive crash, accidental deletion, natural disaster or theft. Files are encrypted with 448-bit Blowfish encryption and transferred via a 128-bit SSL connection.