Posts Tagged ‘Online backup’

No More Excuses…

May 20, 2013

If we’re honest, we can all probably think of a time where we’ve made an excuse for missing a deadline that wasn’t exactly true. These days, however, Buddy Backup has made the time old excuse “my computer crashed” a thing of the past. Its simplistic and reliable approach to data backup means you need never lose a document again.

But just in case you find yourself in need of some extra time on that big project, here are 10 of the more bizarre excuses that have been given to teachers and employers in the past…

“My housemates were doing a weeklong World of Warcraft tournament and used up all the bandwidth, so I couldn’t email the assignment.”

“A refrigerator fell on me.”

“I was in line at a coffee shop when a truck carrying flour backed up and dumped the flour into my convertible.”

“I caught a cold from my puppy.”

“My stepfather was showing off his new gun and shot my computer by accident.”

“My child stuck a mint up his nose and we had to go to A&E to get it removed.”

“I hurt my back chasing a beaver.”

“My brother-in-law was kidnapped by a drug cartel while in Mexico.”

“I drank anti-freeze by mistake and had to go to the hospital.”

“I have a solar powered calculator and it was cloudy.”

Data backup shouldn’t be a sacrifice for students

March 19, 2013

We all know that when you’re a student you have certain priorities. You have no qualms, for example, in living off one Pot Noodle a day in order to keep your weekly Jagerbomb fund looking healthy. Fresh fruit and vegetables are forgone for that new pair of shoes, and the train fare home is much better spent on saving for this summer’s festival tickets.

But while certain financial sacrifices have to be made in order to live the student dream, protecting your uni work doesn’t have to come at a price.

We’ve all been there – you spend weeks writing an assignment (or in some cases staying up until 6am the night before the deadline, pulling your hair out, draining the library of all caffeine…) for the system to suddenly crash and for all your hard work to be lost before your eyes.

University systems are not failsafe and USB drives are easily lost. But protecting your data effectively doesn’t have to cost you the earth. BuddyBackup is a completely free service that allows you and your family and friends to safeguard your important files by saving them to each other’s computers remotely.

And it couldn’t be easier to do. All you and your Buddy need to do is install BuddyBackup on both of your computers. Then, every time either of you edits or saves a new file, BuddyBackup picks up on this change and immediately backs it up to each other’s drive. Don’t worry though; your Buddy isn’t able to see any of your files (and vice versa) as all of the data is encrypted using military-level coding before it’s transferred.

So, now you can go out and spend your student loan without the worry of it coming at the cost of all your hard work.

New Year’s resolutions broken? Don’t worry; it’s never too late to backup.

January 28, 2013

Give up chocolate, get fit, no carbs – may be all your New Year’s resolutions have gone out of the window?  Whatever, it’s never too late to do one crucial thing – and that is backup your data.

While you might miss a fitness session and think your good intentions are done for, if you don’t backup up your files, you could be missing your favourite photos instead of a gym class.

Backing up your files online and offsite has never been so important especially as we accumulate more and more data – whether that’s photos, videos or documents.

So what’s stopping you? BuddyBackup is easy to install and easy to use, plus it’s free.  It works by using the spare disk space on your friends’ (Buddies) computers.  Simply download the software from our website and follow the instructions to choose Buddies to back up to.

And don’t worry; military-grade encryption is applied to all your data before it leaves your PC so no one else but you can ever read your files.

There’s no limit to the amount of data you can backup, as long as you share enough space with your buddies.

What’s more, backing up your data is a resolution that’s easy to keep up. Once you’ve done your initial backup, BuddyBackup automatically and continuously backs up the changes to your data without you having to think about it. If your buddies aren’t around, it will save the changes and backup when they are online again.

So while you might be struggling to stick to your New Year goals, do yourself a favour and get your files backed up online, offsite and for free. It’s a resolution you won’t regret.

Going home for Christmas? Introduce your family and friends to BuddyBackup

December 10, 2012

If you’re looking for buddies to back up to, Christmas is the perfect time to grab those around you and tell them about BuddyBackup.

Rather than paying a monthly fee to a cloud provider, BuddyBackup lets you back up your digital photos, videos and files online to your friends and family. All you have to do is get everyone on board.

Stuck on how to persuade your pals to get BuddyBackup? Read this:

Ten reasons to use BuddyBackup this Christmas

1.       It’s free

With BuddyBackup you are using the spare disk space on your Buddies’ pc or laptop, so there’s no need to pay for storage from a provider.

2.       It’s offsite

Backing up your precious files offsite is the safest way of protecting your data. If you have a flood, fire or theft at your property, your files will be safe.

3.       It’s secure

BuddyBackup uses military-grade encryption on your data before it leaves your pc so no-one can ever access your files except you.

4.       It’s continuous

Once you’ve done your initial backup, BuddyBackup works continuously registering and backing up the changes and additions to your files. If your Buddies aren’t online, it’ll wait until they are and add the backups then.

5.       It’s limitless

Unlike with some cloud backup providers, you can back up as many files as you like as long as you and your Buddies share enough space.

6.       It’s simple

To quote Which? Computing magazine, BuddyBackup is “easy to install and easy to use”.

7.       It’s a weight off your mind

Get rid of that niggling worry and back up all those favourite photos now!

8.       It’s clever

BuddyBackup recognises the files that are already backed up so it saves time and uses the minimum of your internet bandwidth.

9.       It’s versatile

You can use BuddyBackup to back up to another hard drive using your USB port.

10.   It’s approved

BuddyBackup has been recommended by numerous computing magazines including a 5 Star rating from PC Utilities and endorsements from Web User, TechRadar.com, Verge magazine, SmallCloudBuilder, ReviewCenter and more.

The Business-end of the Year – Don’t lose your Dissertation!

April 23, 2012

Easter is over and if you’re at School, College or University, now is the time it all gets a bit serious.

Whether you’re working on an essay, a multimedia production or an enormous final year project like a dissertation, there is nothing worse than losing your data and having to start again from scratch.

Take a dissertation for instance:  they weigh-in at 10 – 20,000 words plus referencing and primary research.  How many hours does that take in total?  100? 1000?  Even if you can remember roughly what you wrote, do you have the time to go back to the library, find all of your quotes again or go back and repeat your survey?

Just the thought of losing all that work is enough to make you queasy!

We’ve all heard the horror-stories about that ‘friend-of-a-friend’ who had their laptop bag stolen –  with the backup inside.  Make sure you have a backup far enough away from your original.  Make sure you have one thing less to worry about.  With BuddyBackup you can run one backup to a USB drive so you have a backup nearby in case your computer crashes, and another to a friend far away.

Even if your laptop bursts into flame the day before the deadline, you can get your data back and make sure you hand in on-time.

To all of you out there slogging away, remember… save frequently, make sure you back-up, and good luck!

Worried About Storing Your Data in the Cloud? BuddyBackup offers a Free and Secure Online Alternative

June 17, 2011

With question marks surrounding the safety of data stored in the cloud, highlighted recently by Amazon’s huge EC2 cloud crash, BuddyBackup allows PC users to store their information remotely, resiliently and for nothing.

BuddyBackup’s newly improved software lets users back-up unlimited data onto spare disk space on their friends’, family’s or colleagues’ computers for free. The system uses military-grade encryption so your ‘buddies’ can’t see your files.

“It gives users peace of mind to know that their files are backed up to people they know and trust and not an unknown server in cyberspace with questionable security levels,” says BuddyBackup Manager, Mark Couvaras.

Large servers face continuous threats from hackers as seen in the case of Sony, which led to data being stolen from 77 million accounts in April and a further attack this month with 1 million account details and passwords being accessed.

As seen, even the largest cloud operations are not immune to disasters; customers lost data permanently when Amazon’s EC2 cloud service crashed.

“In the past, online storage companies have been taken over resulting in data being lost. Others have gone bust, leaving customers unable to retrieve their files,” warns Mark.

“What’s more, terms and conditions can change, meaning that some unscrupulous companies might start charging you for storage if you want to get your data back.”

“BuddyBackup is a simple, secure and free alternative to the cloud. It’s robust because you can scatter your documents, photos, music and videos across lots of friends. And the more buddies you back up to, the safer your files are,” adds Mark.

Once a full back-up is completed, BuddyBackup constantly monitors your computer for changes and only uploads files that have been added or altered. The software backs up continuously as long as your buddies are online. If they’re not, the changes will be made as soon as they are back on again.

Buddybackup’s latest upgrade means you can now choose who the files should be backed up to, and how many backups should be made. For example, you can now set it so that your most vital files are backed up to 3 remotely located buddies, whereas your music is backed up only once to your USB drive. That way you don’t waste time and space making lots of backups of files which are less important.

“As well as serving home users, it’s a free and easy way for employees to back-up data on their laptops to a central computer in the office,” adds Mark.

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

http://www.buddybackup.com – available in 11 different languages.

Watch a YouTube demonstration at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPILoWgnL8E

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For more information, please contact:

Leonie Guguen
Communications Manager, BuddyBackup
Tel: +44 (0) 161 408 5040
Email: leonie.guguen@buddybackup.com