Local backup is not enough. You need cloud.
I have been using Backblaze since 2014 and it is one of the must have app for MacOS. And the best part, I got it with discounted price from AppSumo.
Just a tip. If you guys have software or services that you want to subscribe, better check with AppSumo first. Some providers run promotion and give a very good discount on AppSumo.
Ok, back to business. What is Backblaze?
Backblaze is an online backup storage for MacOS. It provides unlimited storage backup for one machine with only $60USD a year. Before this it was $50USD but since March 2019, the price had increased to $60USD a year (or $6USD monthly).
With our current currency rate the price is about RM258 a year but you can get cheaper price if you subscribe for 2 years – $110USD (RM473).
The installation is very straight forward. After install, you can do your work without any interruption. Backblaze will get all your files and start uploading to their storage at background.
How about data privacy? Your files are encrypted using your email and password before they leave your machine. So you can sleep well without worrying some will open and read you files.
But if you want to increase further your data privacy, Backblaze allows you to use private encryption key to encrypt your files. But if you forget the private encryption key, no one will be able to restore and retrieve your files including Backblaze!
Backblaze stores all your files and will keep old version or deleted files for 30 days. This allows you to recover files from accidental deletions, changes, overwrites, or ransomware within that time period.
However, if you wish to extend the file version history for 1-year or forever, there is a small fee you need to pay every month. But for me, the 30 days file version history is enough already.
To restore your file is super easy! You can login to their website and download your files or even you can request Backblaze to courier your data in an encrypted drive direct to your doorstep!
Based on my experience, I have about 4 or 5 incidents where I need to restore files from Backblaze. Don’t know why, suddenly the file that I worked on earlier became 0 bytes size. Luckily I have Backblaze and able to retrieve the recent backup from their cloud storage.
Downside? Well for me mostly because of the price. A bit pricey but if compare with other cloud backup solutions, Backblaze is way better than the others.
And then, it only supports one machine only. If you have more machines, you need to subscribe more accounts = more costs.
So far, there is not much problem with Backblaze. In fact, I am very happy with Backblaze and really recommend you to have it. You can get 1 month free account if you subscribe using my referral link here.
Have different thoughts on Backblaze? Feel free to leave your comment below.