CrashPlan, the backup service from Code42, announced it will no longer support Home subscriptions. Here’s a look at alternatives.
CrashPlan, the cloud-based backup service developed by Code42, recently announced that it will no longer support Home subscriptions and will instead move its focus to small businesses and enterprises. This was our favorite backup service for home users to get secure, automatic, and continuous backup to the cloud. Unfortunately, this leaves existing users in a bit of a pickle. Here’s a look at other secure cloud-based backup solutions available. And we’ll cover what Code42 is doing to allow you time to make a transition to a new backup service.
In a statement to its existing CrashPlan for Home subscribers the company says the following:
Effective August 22, 2017, Code42 will no longer offer new – or renew – CrashPlan for Home subscriptions, and we will begin to sunset the product over several months. CrashPlan for Home will no longer be available for use starting October 23, 2018. At Code42, protecting your data is important to us. As we shift our business strategy to focus exclusively on enterprise and small business segments, you have two great options to continue getting the best backup solution.
We will honor your existing CrashPlan for Home subscription, keeping your data safe, as always. To allow you time to transition to a new backup solution, we’ve extended your subscription (at no cost to you) by 60 days. We are committed to providing you with the easiest and most efficient transition possible.
Options for Moving from CrashPlan for Home
This is going to be a pain if you’ve been using CrashPlan as part of your data backup strategy for years. You do have various options, though. Here is a look at the pros and cons of each one.
While Code42 is pointing its users to Carbonite, there are plenty of other services on the market to consider. Out of the popular, trusted cloud-based backup services, Backblaze is the most affordable compared to other services. Unlimited backup for Mac or PC starts at just $5/month. Or, you can save 10 bucks by purchasing a full year for $50 and save $25 by purchasing a two-year subscription for $95. Plus, Backblaze doesn’t charge extra to back up an external USB drive as Carbonite does. Backblaze offers a 15-day free trial and no credit card is required. Backblaze offers mobile apps for iPhone and Android, too.
Just because it’s more affordable doesn’t mean it skimps on features or security. Backblaze boasts that it stores over 350 Petabytes of data, has restored over 20 billion files, and has customers in over 120 countries around the world. It keeps your data secure with what the company calls “Invisible Encryption”. Files are encrypted before they leave your computer, transferred over a secure SSL connection to the Backblaze data center, and your data is stored on an encrypted disk. It also provides two-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of security when you sign in to access your data.
ElephantDrive provides ordinary people with the type of robust backup, storage, and data management that has historically only been available to big corporations. Secure data backup with easy access – available on all of your devices. The platform supports Windows, macOS, Linux, Mobile (iOS & Android), and even Network Attached Storage (NAS). The service includes plans for both Home, Business, and the Enterprise — starting at $10, $20, or $30 for the first 1,000 GB (depending on which plan you choose).
We’ll be taking a deeper dive into each of these cloud-based backup services over the coming weeks. But this should give you an idea of what to look for and figure out what will work best for your situation. Right now, we are leaning toward Backblaze as our recommended service. To get a general idea of how Backblaze works, read our article: Backblaze is a Straightforward Online Backup Solution. That article was written a few years back, but I will take a fresh look at where the service is now, so expect an updated article about it, and other backup solutions soon.