Unlimited Mac Backups for $5 a Month

Online backup provider Backblaze Inc. is making its unlimited backup service for PCs available for Apple computer users, offering automated backups for US$5 per month per computer.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up will back up all system data without requiring users to decide which files and folders to save. The entire installation process involves a one-click download that requests only a user's e-mail address and a password.

Backups are incremental and continuous so users don't need to remember when to start the process. As files are added or changed, they are automatically backed up to the service. To restore files, users must select which ones they want, and they will then have the option to download them or request that Backblaze ship a DVD or USB flash drive overnight.

Backblaze said that all data is secured using the Advanced Encryption Standard on the computer, sent over an encrypted connection and stored encrypted. Users can also add their own encryption key.

Backblaze also offers USB and FireWire external drive support. An overview window shows attached external drives, along with drive type -- Standard, Boot Camp or Time Machine -- and the option to select the drives for backup.

Backblaze said the service has been designed natively for the Mac OS X platform and integrated into System Preferences.

The company is offering a free 15-day trial of the service. The service supports Intel-based Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.4 Leopard and newer as well as Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Backblaze is available in 11 languages at www.backblaze.com.

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