Dec 13, 2007

He Who Laughs Last, Recently Made a Backup

I am doing disaster recovery testing at my work. One of the senior systems administrators wrote a document on how to fully restore our major financial system from the ground up, and I am going through and validating it. During the validation process there are a couple of times in there where I have to restore data from backup.

Now, in a large company like the one I work for, you aren't using the built in backup, and saving stuff to CDs or DVDs. No you are using a major backup software like Veritas, or in our case, CA Arcserve, and are backing up your data to large capacity tapes.

What about for home use though? If you ask anyone in the business, they will tell you that the built in NT backup that comes with Windows is pretty basic, and certainly has its limits. Aren't your family photos, banking info, tax information, and the like important to you? When was the last time your backed things up?

I mentioned months ago, probably one of my first posts actually, about free software from Comodo. Comodo is a large security certificate company like Verisign, or Thawte, and to get their name out there, they decided to engineer and put out a bunch of free security software solutions. The items I wrote about months ago were their free firewall, and anti-virus solutions which work really great by the way.

I didn't mention that they offer a really good backup program that is easy to use. Here is a small list of some of Comodo Backup's key features:

  • Easily backup files or folders anywhere on your computer, network, DVD-RW, CD-RW or FTP server
  • Files can be written to a multi-session DVD if it already contains a file with the same name
  • Email, FTP, zip and configuration passwords are stored in the registry with encryption
  • Protect yourself against ever losing those critical files that took hours to create
  • Quickly recover your data in the event of data loss
  • Schedule backups to run automatically at a time that suits you
  • Synchronized backup feature - save a file and it gets copied instantly
  • Send E-mail notifications to team members about the status of a backup job
  • Save Disk space by compressing your backups as ZIP files
  • Configure in minutes with our intuitive interface

I have been using Comodo backup at home for a while now, and I think it is just great! It is very easy to use, and so far for me has been very reliable. You should totally check it out. Seriously, before it is too late.

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