Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

818 – the number of computers stolen from students in Greater Manchester during the last academic year (Sept 2010 to Jul 2011).

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September 19, 2011

BuddyBackup has reached 16TB of shared data!

“The dog ate my dissertation!”

September 12, 2011

While this might be the clichéd excuse for handing in work late – the fact is disasters do happen and losing your coursework could mean you put your degree at risk.

Rather than the dog, you’re more likely to lose work because your computer crashes or your laptop gets stolen. (A staggering 818 laptops were stolen from students in Greater Manchester during the 2010-11 academic year.)

Which is why backing up your work is vital but it needn’t be expensive. BuddyBackup offers unlimited, online data backup for free.

“Most students will take out insurance in case their laptop gets stolen,” says Mark Couvaras from BuddyBackup. “And while that can pay for a new computer, no amount of money is going to replace weeks and months of hard work. BuddyBackup software is like a free insurance policy for your data.”

BuddyBackup works by storing your files onto spare disk space on your friends’ (or buddies’) PCs. The system applies military-grade encryption to your data before it leaves your PC, which means that only you can see your files.

But backing up and remembering to back up are two different things, so BuddyBackup works continuously and automatically backs-up any changes or additions you make to your files. This means that once you’ve done an initial backup, you never have to worry about doing it again.

For added security BuddyBackup defaults to a minimum of two buddies. It wouldn’t be wise to backup just to your housemates, so it’s a good idea to include buddies who are off-campus or friends and family back home.

BuddyBackup only uses a trickle of your bandwidth when you’re on your computer. This means you can continue to work while BuddyBackup is backing up your files.  After you’ve backed up, your files will continue to sit safely on your buddies’ computers.

BuddyBackup is smart software. It regularly checks that your buddies still have your backups. If it discovers a problem, it will automatically backup your files to a different buddy instead. This means you’re safe even if a buddy uninstalls BuddyBackup or has a computer failure.

If you have a disaster, you can easily recover your files by running BuddyBackup from your new computer.

“And because you’re avoiding an online storage company or cloud server,” adds Mark “BuddyBackup is a greener option too because it doesn’t add to the energy burden from power-hungry data centres.”

September 9, 2011

Thinking of ideas for our BuddyBackup advert! #lightbulbmoment

September 6, 2011

Did you know BuddyBackup is the green way to backup online and off-site? That’s because it doesn’t use power-guzzling data centres!

Student data loss no excuse for missed deadlines

September 5, 2011

Students take note: Data loss won’t wash when it comes to missed deadlines.

For students starting at university for the first time there’s a lot to take on board; living away from home, making new friends, being financially responsible and of course studying for a degree.

Three or more years of hard work is going to be done, most likely, on a laptop. But if that laptop were to crash or get stolen, students could lose all their coursework in one swipe.

The danger is a real one. During the last university year, from September 2010 to July 2011, Greater Manchester police reported a total of a massive 818 computer thefts from students.*

And while students may not be to blame, they shouldn’t expect their tutor to be sympathetic.  UCL’s Science and Technology student handbook 2010-2011 clearly states: “Data loss will not excuse missing a deadline”.

Which is why backing up work is imperative but it needn’t be costly or complicated. BuddyBackup is a free, unlimited, online, backup software for PCs that is ideal for students.

“With so much going on in student’s lives, it can be easy to forget to backup work,” says BuddyBackup Manager, Mark Couvaras. “Yet, if they don’t, they’re putting their degree in jeopardy.

“Once you’ve done an initial backup, you never have to worry about doing it again because BuddyBackup works continuously and automatically backs-up any changes or additions you make to your files,” adds Mark.

BuddyBackup backups your data onto spare disk space on friends’ (or buddies’) computers so that you avoid paying a cloud provider for storage space.

“BuddyBackup is also a greener option because unlike the cloud, it doesn’t require the use of data centres which have a huge energy consumption,” says Mark.

BuddyBackup software applies military-grade encryption to your data before it leaves your PC, which means that only you can see your files.

For added security BuddyBackup defaults to a minimum of two buddies. It wouldn’t be wise to backup solely to housemates, so it’s a good idea to include buddies who are off-campus or friends and family back home.

BuddyBackup is smart software. It regularly checks that your buddies still have your backups. If it discovers a problem, it will automatically backup your files to a different buddy instead. This means you’re safe even if a buddy uninstalls BuddyBackup or has a computer failure.

If you have a disaster, you can easily recover your files by running BuddyBackup from your new computer.

“Most students will take out insurance in case their laptop gets stolen,” says Mark. “And while that can pay for a new computer, no amount of money is going to replace weeks and months of course work. BuddyBackup software is like a free insurance policy for your data.”

* Source Greater Manchester Police (August 2011) – through a Freedom of Information request made by BuddyBackup.

 

 

That back to school feeling!

September 5, 2011

Full of good intentions? Start the new term by keeping your coursework safe, with free online backup from BuddyBackup! Don’t forget to spread the word…