Yesterday, one of the best cloud backup services, CrashPlan, announced it was ending support for consumers. CrashPlan for Home will be put to rest on 23 October 2018. While the option to sign up for or renew your CrashPlan for Home subscription is gone, current CrashPlan for Home users will receive an extra 60 days of backup service gratis.
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One of the best uses for cloud storage is offsite backups. I don't mean file syncing but real backups you can use to restore entire systems or applications. CrashPlan has, until now, offered some solid options for home and SMB users, But CrashPlan's owner, Code42, has announced that CrashPlan for Home will shut down on 23 October 2017.
If you're backing up your data but you're not saving it offsite, you're putting it at risk. If something happens to your home or equipment, all that data could be lost. That's where online backup services that send your data to the cloud for backup are so invaluable. This week we're going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
Dear Lifehacker, I have been using CrashPlan ever since my house was burgled last year and a few laptops loaded with family photos were stolen. However, CrashPlan had a sharp price jump after its Australian data centre was opened. Is there any more affordable alternative that offer unlimited space and real time backup for three computers? Thanks, Crash Priced
Crashplan, the backup provider that recently expanded to Australia, is holding a pretty insane sale right now. It's currently offering 91 per cent off its plans, but every two hours over the next 76 hours that percentage will decrease until it hits 42 per cent, which it will stay at until the sale ends on Monday, November 26 just before midnight CST (4am on November 27 EST).
Every PC user and IT admin needs a backup strategy, and CrashPlan is one of the best tools around. It backs up to other computers and attached hard drives at no cost, whether you’re on a Windows, Mac or Linux machine. In addition, CrashPlan excels at online backup, and a new data centre in Sydney means even faster cloud backup performance across the entire Asia-Pacific region.
You back up your computer, right? (If you're not, you should be -- you can get started here.) So you know that the most painful part of off-site backup is the initial backup, which takes forever, requiring you to upload gigabyte after gigabyte of data to your service's servers. If you've bought a new computer or upgraded your operating system, but have transferred all the same data to your new machine, you don't want to do your initial back up all over again. And with our favourite backup service, CrashPlan, you don't have to.