CrashPlan makes offsite backups easy

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The best backup in the world is no good if it gets ruined. Whether you're backing up from one volume to another on your desktop machine, or even burning backups to optical media and the dropping them into your desk drawer, you still aren't as protected as you might want to be. After all, your machine could crash catastrophically, taking your original data and backups with it; your home or office could experience fire, flood, storm, or worse, taking your backups out at the same time. To be extra sure, it makes sense to store backups offsite.

While it might be tempting to say you'll just stick a CD in your bank safe deposit box, realistically how often do you think you're going to do that? You need a tool that's going to make sure that you run your backups, and that they're stored in a safe place. CrashPlan can take care of that.

In its most basic form, CrashPlan works automatically in the background to take care of business. It watches your disk activity, and once a day it saves your changes and creates a backup. It will then automatically send that backup to a machine you've specified, whether it's another one of your computers, a friend's machine, or some other location. A paid upgrade lets you backup to CrashPlan's servers, but that's not required for basic service.

CrashPlan is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows systems.

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