My Favouite Things: Mozy online backups

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Before I found Mozy, I was a bit of a slacker when it comes to backing up my files. I knew that the only way to protect them against a hard drive failure, or some greater catastrophe, was to back them up regularly and store the back-ups in another place, but it was such a pain — searching through all my directories, zipping them up, burning them to a CD — that I only mustered the will to do it about once a month, if that.

Then I found Mozy. It’s a free online service that gives you 2GB of storage space to back up your most important files (there’s a for-pay service available, too, if you need more space). You just install their client application, pick which directories you’d like to have backed up, then click a button to make it go. You can back up as often as you’d like, and if you go without for a week, the client warns you that it’s time to press the button again.

After the first back up, which can take a while, the time it takes to do subsequent backups is fairly quick because the client is smart enough to only transfer files that have changed since the last back up.

Mozy sure beats burning your own back-ups. Highly recommended.

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