September 3, 2016

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Online backup faceoff- Crashplan vs Backblaze

 We all wish to keep our data secure all the time but are always reluctant whenever it comes to backing up data manually, to keep it safe. But the days of manually backing up data are long gone, today we have software like Crashplan and Backblaze which automatically back up your data while you can sit back and relax. And they not only back up your data but also make it available for your use across different operating systems. Today we will discuss which one of them is better for the purpose of backing up data.

Owned by Code42, around since 2007, can be used on Windows, Mac and Linux. For backing up files it selects a file, compresses it and the finally encrypts it before sending it to back up location. The data is encrypted in 448 bit encryption and decrypts when downloaded again.

It costs $60/£42 a year per person and provides unlimited storage. It has two more options available along with it’s online back up option – offsite back up( backing up to another computer, computer to computer back up) and local back up ( backing up on external hard drives). It also provides you with a family plan if you opt for a offsite back up. This is for those with multiple computers at home.

This is not very intuitive and instead floods the user with numerous menus and options right after beginning. It offers you range of settings and options to choose from like where to back up , how much CPU to use and a lot more. It is a little confusing for a new user.

Around since 2008, can be used on Windows and Mac, it stores data on multiple drives to keep it safe, encryption is done in 128 bit encryption. Not as strong as Crashplan, but not weak either.

It costs $50/£35 a year per person and provides unlimited storage. Since it is available only for Windows and Mac, it does not provide the option of local back up, as both the operating systems provide that. This is more appropriate for individual users with a single computer, since it also does not have the option of offsite back up or any family plan.

This is more intuitive, and constantly backs up files in background with a stable Internet connection. It does not have to be tweaked much however the user can opt to change the basic settings like back up frequency, turning off back up etc. It can run efficiently on default settings as well.

As two different software from two different companies, there are marked differences and specializations between them. It is difficult to point out which one is better as this is for the user to decide, depending upon their usage.  Both the software have certain unique factors which are missing in the other, which makes it important for the user to be sure of what exactly are they looking for and which one of the two software can provide them with that.


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