We’ve written extensively about backup solutions for your computer here on 40Tech — well, Evan has written extensively about it — but what about backing up your online life? With cloud services beginning to dominate our computer use, we continue to sign up for more and more services in which to post our photos, share our ideas, and share or store other things of a personal or otherwise important nature. This begs the question: What if the super-awesome new service I just signed up for goes the way of the forgotten dodo? What happens to all my stuff? Backupify does a great job of, well, backupifying your online life — and until January 31st, 2010, you can sign up for free — unlimited and for life.
Why Should I Backup My Online Accounts?
Let’s face it, the likelihood of Facebook or Gmail suddenly folding is pretty close to non-existent at this point — but stranger things have happened in the online world. Companies implode every day; companies that previously may have seemed all bright and shiny, even. Beside the threat of imminent closure, there are also the possibilities of minor or massive technical failure, crazy legal issues that lock your items down, human error, or even cyber-terrorist attacks that could end with you holding your head in your hands wondering how you will ever get that oh-so-important-thing that you thought was safe back.
Why Backup to Another Online Service? How Does That Make Sense?
First and foremost, you can backup your backups offline, if you wish (just download them). You can then proceed to put those backed up backups into your offline backups structure to enjoy backups of your backups of your backups. Always a good thing for things you really don’t want to lose.
Also, the likelihood of your service and your backup service going down at the same time is not very high. The odds are stacked heavily in your favour.
Finally, if their service did go down (or the Amazon S3, crazy, super-secure server system they ride on goes down), as soon as they come back up they will re-backup(ify) all of your services. Oh yes, and if Backupify ever implodes, you can contact Amazon directly to get your data back. Amazon doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, either.
What Services are Included?
Currently, the full list of supported services for Backupify include:
- Google Docs
More services are on the way and it does support multiple accounts per service as well.
NOTE: There were some issues with Gmail backups recently. The massive and sudden increase in traffic from Backupify to Gmail (due to the free account campaign) caused the automated Google security systems to think that Backupify compromised Google accounts and resulted in passwords needing to be reset. Backupify talked with Google to get this problem fixed, and things were apparently fixed quickly. There have been some reports of similar issues since the fix however. Contact Backupify if you have problems with this service.
How Secure is It?
Backupify stores all of your data on the Amazon cloud. Amazon has some very good security and data duplication policies that are in the favour of the user. Backupify writes the specifics of why they chose Amazon here.
The Backupify system itself was designed by “top security experts who previously worked on sensitive data systems like billing software”.
What About Privacy?
Backupify doesn’t look at, sell, analyze, modify, fondle, play with, have tea with, or otherwise mess with your data. It just sits there in a virtual lockbox and periodically tells you that it is backed up — if you want it to. Otherwise, it just sits there.
Is it Really Free?
In a word: Yes! In several: Yes, if you sign up before January 31st, 2010! If you do, your account will remain free and unlimited for life. After January 31st, 2010, they go back to a paid pricing structure (which will offer advanced services at a premium), so, needless to say, it is better if you sign up now…
What do you think of Backupify and backing up your online life in general? Do you backup your social network interactions, your photos, your blog, etc? What services do you use?