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Backblaze Review

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What is Backblaze?

Businesses can store, use, and protect data with Backblaze, a leading independent cloud provider that makes it simple for them to do so. Through APIs, ISVs, CLI, and web UI, its B2 Cloud Storage platform provides always-hot, S3-compatible object storage. The platform fits multi-cloud, hybrid cloud, and other IaaS strategies because it is tech stack agnostic and integrates with existing workflows and preferred compute and CDN tools. B2 Cloud Storage is used by businesses in over 175 countries to host content, build and run applications, manage media, backup and archive data, and recover from ransomware. The Backblaze online backup program scans the hard drive in a matter of seconds and displays the files needed to be backed up. Aside from that, it keeps an eye on your computer and updates the backup files as required. It does this while remaining completely unnoticed on your system and not interfering with what you’re doing.

As soon as you install the desktop client, Backblaze doesn’t bother you with the details of your backup plan; instead, it grabs all the files and folders that it starts transferring to your Backblaze cloud backup immediately after you install it. In the case of an ISO, DMG (Disk Image for Mac), a virtual drive, system files, or executables, Backblaze copies everything by default. You can choose to exclude other file types if you want, but unless you specifically tell it to ignore them, it will include them all. We like it because it’s so straightforward, and you can rest assured that if something goes wrong, your entire computer can be retrieved. Backblaze is a “set-it-and-forget” solution that can help you recover data if your hard drive fails catastrophically or your laptop fails to boot. On the other hand, Backblaze isn’t for syncing files between computers or accessing your music and video files stored in the cloud. External hard drives and servers can be included in your backups, but networked drives are not. Backups can be automated, automatic, or continuous. It would be nice to have a little more variety with those timeframes. Still, we expect most users to keep it running in the background. While you can back up an unlimited amount of data, you can only backup one computer per Backblaze account, and mobile devices are not supported. For 30 days, Backblaze will backup older versions of files and deleted files. It can be extended for up to a year for an additional fee. The Backblaze desktop client prioritizes simplicity over flash and power. Because the Backblaze package’s options are limited, the software doesn’t have to do much other than focus on the task at hand to ensure that your files are automatically backed up in the background. It’s possible to exclude certain files and folders from a Backblaze backup, but it’s not always easy. It is easier to let Backblaze backup everything, just in case, because you get an unlimited amount of space in the cloud. Although the process of transferring data from a single computer to the internet can take a long time, Backblaze was able to do so at a high rate. Suppose you think Backblaze uses too much bandwidth to override the automatic throttling. In that case, you can also choose to pause or throttle the upload process. The web interface is straightforward, allowing you to review and restore backed-up files if necessary. There’s also a way to share files that are only accessible through the web interface with others. Backblaze falls short of Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud regarding web functionality regarding filing sharing. Backblaze does a good job of these core tasks, even if it doesn’t do much more than suck up all of a computer’s files and allow you to restore them.

Because you can use two-step authentication on your account, as well as AES 128-bit encryption and an SSL connection to protect your data as it travels through the internet, Backblaze gets high marks in terms of security. Although it does not provide complete encryption, it is secure enough for most users. For those concerned about Backblaze employees interfering with their personal affairs, there is also the option to create a private encryption key that is only known to you. It adds an extra layer of security to your data. If you forget the key, Backblaze will not be able to assist you, and you will need to share it with Backblaze if you need to restore your data. If you don’t want to give up your credit card information, you can try Backblaze for 15 days, but there isn’t a free tier (as you’d expect since you get unlimited cloud backup). Personal plans start at $6 per month, but you can also sign up for a year for $60 ($5 per month) or two years for $110 ($4.58 per month). There is a $2 monthly fee to keep access to deleted and old file versions for an entire year. Although it’s nice to see such a range of pricing options, it makes comparing Backblaze to other services more difficult. It’s easy to see why Backblaze has a large user base and even some fans – it’s hard to beat if you want to back up everything from one computer and its external drives simply and securely without spending a lot of money. It is not for syncing files between computers or using a web browser to access your files quickly. It’s a comprehensive, easy-to-use backup solution that will keep your data safe in the event of a disaster, and it excels at it.

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