Cloud backup services are “one of the smartest things we can do” for our computer says PC World/MacWorld. Here’s why they just gave Backblaze a shout-out.
This past week, PC World/Mac World ran an article on Backblaze‘s cloud-based computer backup service, which I use and love here at Genealogy Gems. Senior Editor Brad Chacos reminded readers that “when it comes to backing up your precious data, investing in an online backup service is one of the smartest things you can do.”
Cloud-based backup services run 24/7 through your internet connection, constantly saving changes you make to every file. That means if your computer is lost, stolen, destroyed or hit with deadly viruses, you’ll always have copies of your files available to you.
One challenge of cloud-based backup is that we’ve all got more digital stuff these days.
“As more and more of our lives goes digital, from movies to photos to game libraries, hard drives are filled more than ever before,” says Chacos. It’s not so easy to download that much material online if you ever need to restore your data.
The solution is to ship an entire hard drive to a customer, but that can come at a pretty pricey additional charge ($100 or more). Not fun for a customer who’s already stressed about losing their data.
Backblaze has announced a new solution: its Restore Return Refund Program.
“The Restore Return Refund program is for customers who do not need to keep a USB drive after they’ve recovered their lost data,” the site says. “Backblaze offers refunds for returned drives ($99 for USB flash drives, $189 for USB hard drives – see website for current pricing) within 30 days of receiving the drive, effectively making the process of restoring free! This is a great option if a customer needs to restore a large amount of data, potentially on multiple drives, but does not need to own the USB drives after the recovery.”
The Restore Return Refund Program earns a thumbs-up from Chacos. “Giving customers access to physical backups for the cost of shipping alone removes a huge potential burden from the shoulders of Backblaze subscribers.” He points out that other leading cloud-based computer backup services either won’t ship hard drives at all or continue to charge large fees for it. The Next Web and Verge also gave Backblaze‘s new program (and Backblaze itself) high marks this week.
This new program is just one more reason I’m glad I choose Backblaze to take care of the ENORMOUS amounts of video, audio and other data I create here at Genealogy Gems. It just makes sense. At just $6 a month, Backblaze is so affordable–and the service it provides is so crucial–that I can’t see backing up my computers any other way. They’re a sponsor of my free Genealogy Gems podcast because I’ve checked them out thoroughly and–just as thoroughly–I recommend them.
More Gems on Cloud Backup Services
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New Security Measure Improves on Backblaze’s Already Excellent Service
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I protect all of my genealogy data by backing up my computers with Backblaze, and Cyber Monday is your chance to do the same. Start off 2016 with peace of mind!
Here’s what I love about Backblaze:
- Continual Backup: Backblaze operates behind-the-scenes through your internet connection to continuously back up all your computer files (or just those you select). This includes music, photos, data, documents, etc.
- Unlimited: Backblaze will store an unlimited amount of data for you, even for multiple computers.
- Easy Restoration: In the event you lose data, you can sign in to Backblaze and download from any computer.
- Protection: The off-site storage secures your data in a separate physical location. That protects you against a natural disaster that could easily wipe out any backup storage devices or drives along with your computer.
- Versatile: Backblaze serves buy bextra medication both Mac and PC owners.
- Free Trial: You can try it for free before paying a cent.
Backblaze’s regular price is already low: just $5 per month or $50 for an entire year. With our exclusive CyberMonday sale, you’ll get 50% off your purchase of a new plan.
This offer won’t run on the main Backblaze site: it’s only available through Backblaze partners like Genealogy Gems. So we can’t advertise the coupon code on our site or on social media.
We will mail the coupon code and instructions for redeeming it to our email newsletter subscribers on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and again this weekend (Happy Thanksgiving!).
Still Thinking About it? Read These Posts
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