Works on: Windows/Mac/Linux
Pricing: Basic [no online storage] is Free, Unlimited is just $3.00 per month (for $6/month you can backup up to 10 computers)
CrashPlan takes an interesting approach with their backup software. You can download the software for free and use it to perform local backups on your computer and home network as well as back up data to a friend’s computer if they are also running CrashPlan (so it’s sort of off-site if a friend’s running it). They don’t offer any free introductory plans for online storage like most other online backup providers, but their rate for an unlimited personal account is on par with other providers. The software is very user friendly, and even if you’re not sure if you want to commit to paying for an online backup service, it’s worth a download just to automate your local backups. If your data goes kaput, you can restore it using the software or you can order a hard copy of your data.
Our take: CrashPlan is great for simple, online backup. There is no syncing or remote access, but if all you need is backup, it’s a great option.
Flexible data protection
CrashPlan+ gives you all the protection of CrashPlan, plus the added benefit of secure cloud storage to CrashPlan Central for your personal files and features like continuous, minute-by-minute backup.
Multiple backup sets let you back up different groups of files to different destinations with different settings, so you can back up personal files to the cloud and non-personal files everywhere else. In addition, CrashPlan+ features expanded controls for managing your backups and your files are secured with even stronger 448-bit encryption.
CrashPlan Central is the cloud backup destination for CrashPlan+, providing online storage for your personal files in our secure data centers located around the world. It is instantly available as a backup destination after you install, and is available 24/7 for backing up and restoring files. Make cloud backup for your personal files an integral part of your multiple destination backup strategy with CrashPlan+.
With multiple backup sets, you can specify which files go to which locations and with what settings. Mix and match destinations with different backup settings to accommodate even the most complex backup scenarios.
CrashPlan is constantly watching for changes to your files and flags changes for backup. Flagged changes can be set to back up as frequently as once a minute, continuously protecting your files without slowing you down.
Secure Online Storage
CrashPlan+ lets you back up personal files to CrashPlan Central for the ultimate in data protection. Rest easy knowing your important personal files are safely secured in our data centers.
|# of computers||up to 10||up to 200||100 – 100,000+|
|Licensed for||Personal data||Business use||Business use|
|Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris|
|Online mgmt. (End User)|
|Online mgmt. (Administrator)|
|Manage other users|
|Individual login accounts|
|Create master / secondary server|
|LDAP / Active Directory support|
|Automatic & unattended|
|Back up to external HDD|
|Back up to other computers|
|Incremental & differential|
|Multiple backup sets|
|Select individual files|
|No bandwidth caps|
|No file size limits|
|File versions retained||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Keep deleted files||Forever (default)||Forever (default)||Forever (default)|
|Restore from the Web|
|Restore from mobile device|
|Restore individual files|
|Receive files on external HDD|
|File Encryption (Blowfish)||448-bit||448-bit||448-bit|
|Encrypted before transmitting|
|Transmission encryption||128-bit Blowfish||128-bit AES||128-bit Blowfish|
|Archive tampering detection|
|Private password for restore|
|User-generated private key|
|International data centers|
Support / Services
|Free upgrades for 1 year|
|PRO Services add-ons|
|LDAP / Active Directory integration|
|Push / Silent installation|