Backing up your data in our digital world is always a good idea, and for many people, an extra hard drive or two gets the job done. But what about having an extra failsafe in the form of secure online storage? Cloud backup services give you some extra peace of mind, and the best part is they're accessible without the need to carry around any additional hardware. We've rounded up the best options right here to help you get started.
For All Your Devices
IDrive offers apps for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS, with personal accounts containing up to 5TB of storage for all your data. You can save up to 30 versions of files in your account, all protected by 256-bit AES encryption and a key that only you know. Quick transfer speeds make it a smooth overall experience. Try a free version with 5GB of storage, or go with a personal account for unlimited devices. Business accounts are also available for unlimited users and devices.
Unlimited File Size
BackBlaze doesn't put a limit of file sizes and offers unlimited data storage, so you can back up all your files without having to pick and choose. You get strong transfer and storage encryption, two-factor authentication, and a personal key for extra peace of mind. A yearly subscription gets you unlimited data for one device only. There is a 15-day free trial available if you'd like to test out the service before committing.
Acronis offers full image backups, disk cloning, and file access anywhere in the world, plus an account allows for unlimited mobile devices. Get up to 5TB of storage with a Premium account, and feel safe with 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption and a personal key. A one-year Advanced subscription is currently the best deal, but there is a 30-day free trial to get acquainted before committing.
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Any of the above online cloud backup services are going to deliver an extra layer of protection for your data, with strong transfer and storage encryption and intuitive apps for multiple devices.
If we're picking one, IDrive is likely going to appeal to most people. You can back up an unlimited number of devices to a single account, and you can even backup disk images to protect your entire PC, OS and all. It's easy to use, transfer speeds are relatively fast, and there are competitively priced plans for different types of users.
A Personal account with 2TB of storage starts at about $53 for a year, while a 5TB plan costs about $75. With the Personal plan, you get unlimited devices but just one user. If you have multiple users with multiple devices who need coverage, Business plans start at about $75 per year for 250GB of storage space.
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