What’s the Best Online Backup Service?

by Michael on February 5, 2011 · 0 comments

For the past year or so, I’ve been using Backblaze for online backups. I also backup files locally using TimeMachine and a big external hard drive, but I want an offsite solution in case of a local catastrophe.

After shopping around, I decided that Backblaze offered the best combination of price, storage (unlimited), security, and Mac-friendliness. In the time since I started using them, I’ve been generally happy, though I recently ran into a technical glitch and have been less than impressed with their support.

At the time I started using Backblaze, the other major players were Mozy and Carbonite. They also both offered unlimited backups, though Mozy has since instituted caps on the amount you can store and a tiered pricing scheme.

Backblaze has since stated that they remain “committed to continue offering unlimited storage,” which is a good sign, but only time will tell. Given my recent issues with technical support, however, I’ve decided to reconsider my options. Is Backblaze still the best? Maybe.

Aside from Backblaze, Mozy, and Carbonite, I’ve recently discovered CrashPlan, which is in the same general price range and also offers “unlimited” storage along with other comparable options.

Of course, I use (and love) DropBox for a variety of things, but it doesn’t really solve the “backup everything all the time” problem that I’ve been struggling with. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

Update: Since writing this article, I’ve switched from BackBlaze to CrashPlan. The main reason is that CrashPlan offers a family plan which makes it considerably cheaper to back up our family’s fleet of computers.

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