I’ve talked recently about the basic things you should keep in mind to feel secure in today’s digital world. Among the items described there I mentioned the importance of backing up all of your valuable contents since all the protective measures in the world won’t give you total security. Accidents happen and unless you don’t care about losing all the files you store in your computer, the process of backing up files is essential. Of course, this procedure has better results if you use the right tools. That’s why I bring you 8 free online backup managers with which you can do this efficiently without spending a dime.
1 – DropBox
A very popular site for backing up all sorts of contents, DropBox lets you share your files and folders with others in a very simple manner. You just have to download Dropbox manager and create a new account and you’ll receive 2GB of storage space for free. To start uploading, drag and drop the materials you want to the dropbox folder in your computer and this service will take care of uploading them to the servers.
2 – DriverMax
If you’ve ever had to re-install your operating system (either because you suffered an infection or because you wanted to move to another OS) setting up the hardware to function properly can be a little bit exasperating. The components responsible for the correct behavior of the hardware are called drivers and they are designed to work with one particular device in one specific system. That’s why is very important to back up the drivers from all your hardware elements, in case you need to replace a corrupt one later. That’s exactly what DriverMax do. This service provides other functionalities, like scanning your PC to search for outdated drivers.
Backing up requires some level of security as well and that’s what CrashPlan tries to provides its users. There are several plans that you can choose but the free alternative allows you to perform local backups in addition to the online ones. Besides, you can select several locations in your network where the security copies will be stored. Multiple locations mean that you don’t have to worry in case anything happen to one of them. Finally, CrashPlan encrypts all of the files you’re backing up even before the process starts.
4 – Allway Sync
If you’re looking for a way to synchronize the data in your desktop computer with the one in your USB drive and in your FTP server, Allway Sync might be the right tools for you. This utility lets you backup your work while updating all the changes you insert in the files you’ve stored in several locations. In this way, you can rest assured that your backups will always be the latest copies of all your files.
5 – BuddyBackup
The basic idea of this backup manager is to create a network of friends, colleagues and family’s computers (your “buddies”) in which you can store your backups. Once you save a file, the services copies it to its database, encrypts it and sends it to the PCs you’ve selected as preferred destinations. In this way, you’re covered in a triple way in case you have an accident: you, BuddyBackup and the people on your network have a backup of your work, which now will never be lost.
This is a powerful tool that allows you to create an image of your operating system to store it on a network or on CD, DVD, USB or hard disk drives. In this way, Macrium Reflect Free develops an exact copy of a specific state of your OS. If you happen to have a problem with your system you can always go back to a previous state in which all things worked.
7 – Mozy
This a great free alternative that gives you the opportunity to automate the backup process. Simply specify when do you want your files to be backed up and Mozy takes care of it. It copies open documents and changed portions of any file in your PC and uploads them to your free 2GB account.
If you want to keep your web browser’s current preferences and configurations, this is the tool you need. It can back up bookmarks , profiles and passwords from Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Safari, among others.
Pheeewww!!! That’s it
If you haven’t been backing your files up because you couldn’t afford a backup manager, now you have no excuses. These free alternatives are filled with options that will come in handy when you’re faced with the process of creating security copies of all your works. Try them and tell us what you think!
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